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California Dreaming

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 13 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

After finishing a recent shoot at Pt. Lobos State Reserve near Carmel, California, I was leaving for my car when I emerged from a grove of cypress trees and spotted this warm post-sunset glow highlighting the horizon. I simply found a silhouette of one of the trees and moved it into the right side of the frame to allow for a sense of depth.

This was a single RAW capture timed-exposed for 20 seconds at f/16 with my 24-70mmL lens. I did have a polarizer on the lens and it did saturate some of the faint horizon color.

I processed the image twice in Adobe Camera Raw, once for the sky and once for the the ocean, then blended the two images together with the use of the brush tool and a mask (which allows me to non-destructively paint in and out). Noise was reduced using Nik DFine software and brushing in just over the areas of the image where noise appeared.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 20 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 48 mm

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