Filters or Blending?

Twilight and low tide at the tide pools of Tabletop Reef, South Cardiff State Beach/Solana Beach, California

A recent Twitter conversation about the pros and cons of graduated neutral density filters (often just called GNDs) made me think about my own approach towards handling high-contrast scenes. I’m not using GNDs anymore, rarely did so in the past, and I prefer exposure blending on the computer, or even just using “software GNDs” in a single exposure. I find it far more flexible* and prefer to have “pure data” without the (unalterable) effects of the filter in my original/initial exposures.

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Christmas Eve Sunset at Hospital Point (3 photos)

Christmas Eve Sunset at Hospital Point, La Jolla, CA. December 2015.

Happy Holidays to all the readers of my blog and friends and followers of my photography, no matter what exactly you’re celebrating around the time of the Winter solstice, and when in particular. :-)

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Searchlight Sunset

Sunset at Seaside Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, California, United States

I mentioned this dreaded evening and weird sunset where nothing would really work out in one of my previous posts. After fiddling around with the other images for ages, I’ve come up with one that I’m somehow actually beginning to like. :) I’ve let it sit long enough to marinate for sure!

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Sunset Cliffs: Hidden Beach Verticals (3 photos)

Green moss on rocks and sandstone strata at Hidden Beach, Sunset Cliffs, California, United States

Three images from another negative tide outing to the coast – I’ve never been to this spot at the southern end of Sunset Cliffs before, and later learned that it is called “Hidden Beach”. It’s location is not quite as secret as the name would imply though – and by Sunset Cliffs standards, access is relatively easy. (you should perhaps know that Sunset Cliffs is always in some local news because people fall, get trapped by the tides, etc.)

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Negative Tide at Seaside Beach (3 photos)

Sunset at Tabletop Reef during negative tide, Seaside State Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, California. December 2014.

Photos from another visit to Seaside Beach/Tabletop Reef during a negative tide. This was on a Sunday in December – and when weekend, negative tide and sunset coincide, the beaches with tide pools are rather busy (to put it mildly). Luckily, most people leave once the sun is gone – and they miss the best part of the show. :)

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