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Oregon Coast Sunset

April 3rd, 2011

Taken at Ecola State Park in Oregon, facing south towards Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock can be seen in the distance. Part of The Goonies was filmed in this park.

I had to climb out on this ledge to get the angle.

Canon XSi, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

45.918415, -123.977698

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Posted By: rafik87
about 13 years, 3 months ago
sorry but form me it's not a good photo :(
isn't distinguished by anything; only some clouds and sea; nothing dramatic or mystical

Posted By: Euphytose
about 13 years, 3 months ago
The photo itself looks really nice, I like the background sky and the feeling that it's a lost island or something like that.

The picture is blurry, I don't know if it's because you overdid a change ( I know nothing about that ) but it kind of spoils the photo.
Posted By: marathonmilk
about 13 years, 3 months ago
Wow! You would not believe that I spent a good chunk of yesterday browsing through the IFL archives for something like this, I wake up and this is here! Astonishing photograph. Straight on the desktop and I think that it will be there for some time.

My favourite kind of sky and the seas make it look even better.

Touch of blurriness in the sea swell due to long exposure time, but it's a minor imperfection that is worth it for the rest of the image.

Great job! I look forward to moreÂ… :-)
Posted By: JordanHackworth
about 13 years, 3 months ago
@Euphytose You're right, it's slightly soft, it's either because my f-stop was simply too high (f/14) or because the wind was gusting like crazy and knocking my tripod around.
Posted By: blue_solace
about 13 years, 3 months ago
Honestly, I thought it was too blurry at first too but I can see why it turned out that way- high f-stop so the DOF was on target, and you needed a long exposure to compensate, which contributes to the blurriness in the water. Either way, it was gonna be that or massive amounts of grain that comes with a high ISO.

I think it actually enhances it really. I sort of feel like I'm there more than if the water had been clearly "stopped" with a shorter exposure. You can sense the wind and all the other elements in the picture.

Great shot. Look forward to more.
Posted By: JPhilipson
about 13 years, 3 months ago
Softness does kill it, however, I think the lighting is spot on. Your stopped down aperture isn't the problem but most likely the wind. It's not too busy so that it's distracting as a wallpaper but it provides an escape.

I agree with @rafik87 it's definitely missing something, maybe a unicorn, or Christ descending from the clouds. Should have waited for a moment, Poseidon coming ashore?
Posted By: Kosh
about 13 years, 3 months ago
I grew up near Canon Beach, and spent many many happy hours in the tidepools and exploring around Haystack Rock. This picture is like a snapshot back to that happy time. Thank you!
Posted By: rafik87
about 13 years, 3 months ago
Once on this site appeared pictures with better invention and sparkling. Some of them were touching and long remained in the memory.

Nowadays some posted pics on main site aren'tt especially good and i don't know why people vote on them ;/

This picture is technically quite correct, but somehow I unfortunately don't admire it. Another photo that present well-worn topic.
Posted By: Geosim
about 13 years, 3 months ago
I can't really see the softness the others are talking about. Sure, it may not be the sharpest image around, but I wouldn't call it 'soft'. The waves are slightly blurry due to a slightly slower shutter speed, but this is preferable to a less dynamic 'frozen' sea.

I'm guessing you didn't edit this shot much, though. The strength in this image is the really dramatic, ominous sky, with dark clouds interspersed with bright, sunlit ones, and low clouds rolling down over the hills on the left. I think with just a little bit more post processing you could have really brought out more punch in the sky

A crop or re-adjusted composition wouldn't have gone amiss either, as there is too much wasted space toward the bottom and right of the picture. Getting in more of that sky in or the waves crashing against the rocks on the shore would have made this a more interesting image.
Posted By: rafik87
about 13 years, 3 months ago
I've posted here a new version of this photo - more dramatic and improved in Photoshop. I like this much better than orginal.


What do you think about it?
Posted By: JordanHackworth
about 13 years, 3 months ago
@rifika87 My photo must have made an impact on you if you've commented on it three times and made a horribly over-saturated photoshop of it.

@Geosim Thanks for the feedback, if it wasn't for the sky I would have tightened up the framing more on the coast line. I try not to post process too much, to keep it realistic.

@JPhilipson It's diffraction from the stopped down aperture that causes it to be slightly soft. Here's a chart that shows the diffraction of my camera: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/3658397158_893f5bac74_o.jpg

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