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  • Shooting the Oceanside Pier

    ISO: 100 Focal Length: 13mm
    Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 1 second
    Filter: Lee 0.9 GND Soft Edge

    The Shot
    It was a beautiful night at the Oceanside Pier. There are so many good shots to be had around a pier. For this shot I wanted the reflection of the pier to be my foreground element so I had to wait for the moment when the waves were out. I moved about 100ft to the side of the pier until I liked the diagonal it was making in the frame. One of the things I like most about the composition is all the leading lines. The pier, clouds and colors of the sunset make great leading lines to the end of the pier where the sun adds more visual weight to the end of the pier.

    One of the real keys for this shot was the Lee graduated neutral density filter. By placing the filter transition correctly you can balance the light between the sky and the foreground. It made it so I could retain great details in the bright sky as well as the foreground.

    Post Processing
    In order to make the image more like the scene I remembered at the pier I boosted the saturation up to 1.8, adjusted the black point to 37, and then reduced the luminance of the blue channel slightly. The final step was to add edge sharpening and I decided to add a vignette.

    For a larger view see my blog: Beyond Exif

  • #2
    Thank you for sharing this photograph. The water has created a sort of glaze over the sand and I like the sky's reflection upon it. Also, the pier connects to the background, drawing the eyes to the setting Sun. Very nice indeed.
    Nature Photography
    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


    • #3
      Lovely capture i have just started to take up photography and i have just bought a Canon EOS350D any help with this model of camera would be great as i can find many posts including the 350D but no groups if any one knows of one i would be very grateful .Many thanks .
      Last edited by ianwaters39; 01-02-2013, 02:39 PM. Reason: TYPO