Elemental Forces

I’m hopelessly behind with my culling, editing and processing of the images that I made in March (sounds familiar? yes, it’s a recurring theme for me, somehow). Of course, I have a good reason this time: cleaning up the site, and transferring some posts over to my blog (mainly the travelogue articles from our Taiwan trip in 2013 and the posts about the Desert trips in January and February).

Black & white photo at Hospital Point, La Jolla, California, United States.
Elemental Forces — Rising tide and marine layer at Hospital Point, La Jolla, California, United States.

The photo above is from an early morning meeting with Joe and Jim, at La Jolla’s Hospital Point. I picked this particular image because it has a certain complexity to it – the dark clouds, the waves rolling in and beginning to break, and of course crashing onto and washing over the rocks. I’m looking for more complexity in my images at the moment, combining different elements into one frame.

Technical background: this is a 4 second exposure, made with a 6-stop neutral density filter (to get the 4 second exposure time). The choice to keep the lens distortion and the bent horizon was a conscious one. It’s also a blend of two different edits: when I tried Silver Efex, I liked how it brought out the drama in the sky – I could just not get the clouds to look the same in Lightroom. At the same time though, Silver Efex rendered the rocks strangely blunt, and I didn’t like that. So for the final image, I combined the part below the horizon from my Lightroom edit with the sky from the Silver Efex edit. It’s one and the same frame, combining two different edits. Adds a new twist to the post processing debate. Three, two, one… ;)

I hope you like the photo. Clicking on it will take you to my shop site on Fine Art America, where prints and cards of it are available. Please have a look.

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