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Summer's Hues, Gold's Bluff Beach

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 23 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

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For the third year in a row I have returned to one of my favorite beaches in Humboldt County, California for a sunset shoot. This time it was with a workshop full of creative photographers as we witnessed and photographed from the friendly confines of Gold's Bluff Beach. We were joined this time by a park employee and the park's largest elk even turned up for a view (even the locals couldn't pass this one by).

Content with a sunset and lit clouds, the light gradually faded. If I was a betting man, I would have said the show was over (now that I think of it - I probably did utter those words). But thanks to my assistant instructor, Gary Hart, we all stayed and were rewarded by this beautiful show of dusk light - thanks for keeping us on our toes Gary!

Summer evenings along the coast in the middle of June are generally dampened by misty fog, but for four days, not a wisp of the moisture could be seen. Thus our evenings were spent photographing warm sunsets. One of the many features that I like about Gold's Bluff is this creek that snakes seductively from amongst washed-up logs to the sea. I had featured the logs in many frames but was content to photograph just the line of the creek once the sun exited the stage. I felt I needed an anchor point for the eye and lucked out in having this rock conveniently positioned in the lower quadrant of my frame.

I did take some creative license in warming the water a bit to match the mood, and would have had this color naturally if the clouds overhead would have extended a bit deeper to reflect the light downward.

This image is really not intended to be a literal representation of the scene; rather, more of a subjective expression of my mood. I love dawn and dusk light!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 2 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 85 mm

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