I was out shooting with both cameras at the beach last night. When I first started towards the beach, it looked extremely hazy and not too promising. Luckily it wasn’t bad when I got there. I had trouble just jumping out of the car and hunting for good pictures, so I sat there for a few minutes soaking in my environment (something I’m trying to do more before I shoot.) There was a golden glow and a little magic in the air, but the sun was so bright and at an angle that wasn’t going to let me shoot in the direction I wanted to.
As I headed to the stairs to get down to the beach, a piece of my tripod flew over the edge and landed in a tide pool. Not a good start. Luckily, I was able to retrieve after dodging a few waves. I think I was intent on losing something because just before I left, I noticed my lens brush wasn’t in my pocket. I didn’t have any luck looking for it with my flashlight app after the sun was gone either.
The sun seemed to drop really fast last night. One moment I was taking a few pics with my iphone and the next I realized I only had time to get a few with my Nikon too. I stayed long after the sun went down to get some long exposures at twilight too. If I like what I see, I’ll share one or two of those on my other blog and Tadaa today.
The shot above was taken with ProHDR, but it did an ugly job of blending the images together. That happens a lot when there is a really wide dynamic range. I did a lot of editing in Snapseed and Filterstorm, but it still didn’t look right to me, so I used PhotoArtista Oil to save it by turning it into a painting. I really wanted to paint it myself in PhotoViva, so I could get lost in the process, but it would have taken much longer. I’ll have to paint something else another time.