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Foam of the Sea

February 21st, 2010

I got myself some new filters and this was one of the results, i think it came out well. I took this shot just North of Bodega Bay, California at sunset. The foam really caught my eye. With a footprint-free beach it just seemed to all flow together.Canon EOS 40D, EFS 17-85mm, Cokin neutral density filters.

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Posted By: Euphytose
about 11 years, 8 months ago
The stuff ( sorry, don't know how it's called ), spoils the picture a bit, I think.

On the other hand, awesome sky.
Posted By: psg190
about 11 years, 8 months ago
You've got some great shots on your site. I may even prefer your other photo at this location more than this one. The foam in the bottom right corner of this photo is a little distracting for me . . . probably due to the lack of focus. Promising work though. Please keep the submissions coming.
Posted By: Actias Luna
about 11 years, 8 months ago
This'd be such a beautiful photo if it wasn't for the blurriness and lack of clarity.
Wonderful lighting and composition.
Posted By: Clyde
about 11 years, 8 months ago
I really like this. Thanks :)

What I want to ask is why do photographers insist on buying loads of filters to achieve an effect that can be easily accomplished with most photo manipulation software ?
Posted By: lerch84
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Yes, this is a bit blurry, but the landscape and the lightning are fantastic!
Posted By: trout
about 11 years, 8 months ago
The foam is grossing me out. But the rest of it is just great. And whatever blur there may be works for me.
Posted By: pixelfly
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Great view, a real dream-land!
Posted By: Joel Antunes
about 11 years, 8 months ago
@ Clyde most photo manipulation software? the idea is to keep pictures looking natural without doing HDR, anyway the can still use the filter and do photo manipulation with 2 shots of the same seen, search on-line you will find loads of stuff, explaining it.

-Sean Hanlon i like the image nice colors i would have zoomed in the rock area voiding the cliff on the right, i specially like the rock at the far which looks like a bridge a nice colos image of it would been nice too, Thanks
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Really strong material this has a certain mystery about it reminding me of something Roger Dean (did the best Yes album covers) would come up with ... congratulations on creating an excellent wallpaper & thanks
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 11 years, 8 months ago
@Clyde ("why do photographers insist on buying loads of filters to achieve an effect that can be easily accomplished with most photo manipulation software?")

He used a neutral density filter--do you even know what you're talking about? They block out light more than normally possible so that it could be a 20 second exposure. You can't recreate the effects of long exposure and you can't set that incamera if you're already at ISO100 and f/16.

Furthermore, you also can't duplicate circular polarizers or graduated neutral density filters.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 11 years, 8 months ago
i voted for this ...great wrok mate !
Posted By: Beginning
about 11 years, 8 months ago
I agree it is a bit blurry but still an awesome image.. Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Clyde
about 11 years, 8 months ago
@paul.charles.k

Easy, tiger. That's why I asked the question. I don't know a great deal about photography yet but I am pretty adept with Photoshop ;)
So, why would you think that "you also can't duplicate circular polarizers or graduated neutral density filters." ?
Posted By: knaim2
about 11 years, 8 months ago
love the filter effect...and that would be the fog on the water right? like a ghost fog or something...that's very cool!
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 11 years, 8 months ago
@Clyde, grad filters can be replicated using other techniques most of the time, but circular polarizers change the way light is hitting the camera so can't be reproduced in software (e.g. how do you cut through glare/reflections in water in Photoshop?). I prefer grad filters over HDR/exposure blending because they allow me to get the shot in-camera (mostly) and minimizes my time post-processing (I'm not all that good with Photoshop!) but there are times when I'll use both.

Here are a couple of articles that may help:

http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/grads-polarizers-and-nd-filters/

http://singhray.blogspot.com/2010/01/seven-rules-for-effectively-using.html
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Sorry about that Clyde. Was running on 1.5 hours of sleep. Circular polarizers are impossible to replicate because you can't possibly reduce reflections on every grain of sand or piece of green foliage. Neutral density filters allow longer shutter speeds than normal so water blurs more which is difficult to reproduce but I suppose not impossible. It's far easier to slap on the filter though.
Posted By: Clyde
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Thanks for the replies. Most helpful :)
Posted By: brizkit
about 11 years, 8 months ago
You guys are nuts. The foam and dreamy blurriness are half the draw here. This image delivers an incredibly cool vibe. Embrace the living sea muck!

@Clyde, your question is a bit like asking why musicians bother getting a good live sound when they can just add effects in the studio. Some things can't be faked.
Posted By: Super Mario
about 11 years, 8 months ago
Good idea, but poor execution. It's blurry and you tried to compensate by oversharpening. End result is a little disappointing.
Posted By: Sean Hanlon
about 11 years, 8 months ago
i exposed this shot 20sec and it was quite breezy, the foam wasnt perfectly still :P

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