April 18th, 2012: Low Glow

Almost immediately after my day-long class was over I was captivated by the beautiful Spring skies we experienced here in Seattle on Saturday afternoon. I made a couple of architectural snapshots of the campus on the iPad and decided that wherever we were going for dinner that evening that I definitely had to bring a camera along.  I had no idea that there was a minus tide,  but I was anticipating the possibility  of  special sunset with the types of clouds present throughout most of the day. Surprisingly, this  beach had but a few people exploring it off in the distance and I decided to scout a vantage point to capture the scene during the blue hour.  I made several exposures beforehand (including these) while the sun occasionally dipped behind the clouds. For one reason or another the sky-reflected light show I’d hoped for after sunset never materialized, so I was glad to have made a few images beforehand even if they were directly into the sun. Usually I try to keep my HDR imagery a little more on the subdued or realistic side, but as I began processing this one it started to take on a life of its own and I just went with the flow.

Seattle, Washington

Canon 5D Mark II+ Rokinon 14mm/f2.8

3-Exposure HDR, Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro, Photoshop CS5, onOne Perfect Effects.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations. Thanks for stopping by, JayT


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