A Shot A Day – 2017 (06/01/2017)

by | Jun 1, 2017 | A Shot A Day 2017, Daily Blogs |

“The Nest”

The driftwood along Rialto Beach is stark, full of contrasts, textures, and shadows, as well as posing a palpable danger at high tide.

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (152A of 365)-(01-06)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (152A of 365)-(01-06)


LENS: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM

MISC: SinghRay LB ColorCombo Polarizer, LEE Holder


EXPO: ISO 200, 1/10 @ f/16 – 115mm

Walking along the beach, at low tide, one can see the vast majority of huge pieces of driftwood that exist there. Their exposure, allows their lines, shapes and textures to be examined and photographed whereas high tide often hides these features. In the image displayed here, I noted the knot in the trunk where a branch had once been. Some beach pebbles, that had left behind by the receding surf, were visible in the depression and I thought they would make a compelling composition. I added some additional pebbles to fill in the space, but the concept was delivered by mother nature herself.

I was unsure, when I composed the image whether or not I would frame it up as a 3:2 or a 1:1 image when editing. Given that thought I framed up my composition so I could format the final result either way, keeping the “nest” of rocks in the center of the frame. I made sure to work in a diagonal line, across the opposing corners as additional viewing reinforcement.

Processing was done in both Lightroom and Photoshop with the aid of NIK’s Color Efex Pro 4 as a plugin. Minimal pixel level editing, with effects being added to boost contrast, texture and overall exposure range.

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