After spending four days last week in a federal court (oh what fun)… I decided that I needed a bit of well earned “R&R”. So I packed my swag, camera and laptop into the car and headed down to the South Coast for a few days of photography. I had researched a few specific locations that I wanted to shoot, and I had a very specific style in mind for the shoot. I wanted to really play with some long-exposure black and white “fine art style” seascapes.
I used my B&W 10 stop neutral density filter and shot both of these images at least one hour before sunset. I really enjoyed this style of photography as it slowed me right down and made me think a lot about composition and the natural lighting on the rocks from the overcast sky.
I will do a tutorial on how I post processed these images because I actually used a whole stack of special techniques to gently manipulate the tones and do the dodge/burning.
Ended up dropping my 24-70 f2.8 lens during the shoot, so that was a real bummer…. looks like another insurance claim!
The funny thing about the two locations shown here, I’ve seen a lot of sunrise shoots in this location, but not too many sunset shoots. I didn’t need to use any Grad NDs for either of these shots…. single frames could handle the contrast range easily at Dusk, whereas I would have no hope at Dawn.