Rock, Rock Wall, Sand Patterns

Morro Rock State Beach, Morro Bay, CA

Pulled another sand pattern photograph from the archives.  Yes, this is a sign I should go out and shoot more photos.  Well, maybe not when it is over 100 degrees F as it has been for the past week!

This photo was taken during a side trip up the central California coast at the end of 2011.  While Morro Rock in the town of Morro Bay is quite impressive, a behemoth of a rock jutting out of the bay, it was not very photogenic on this particular day.  What did catch my eye were the windswept sand dunes on the beach adjacent to Morro Rock.  Various patterns in the sand that could make interesting compositions given the right B&W processing.

As is the case with all of my B&W conversions, processing begins in Lightroom, moves to Silver EFex Pro 2 for B&W/monochrome conversion and edits, and final adjustments made back in Lightroom.  As with most edits in SEP2, I saw the adjustments into user saved presets for future use.  Since I had previously processed a sand pattern photo from this same day, the thought entered my mind that I could just reuse the preset and quickly edit this photograph.  It did not end up that way as the sand patterns did not pop like I had hoped and I also wanted to accentuate the rock wall.

I ended up using selective coloring to bring back some color to both the rock wall and the rock in the foreground.  While this photograph turned out decent, the composition could have been better.  Both the rock wall and the fence posts seem a little squished up towards the top of the photograph.

Additional photographs from this day:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 19mm, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, f/11

Rock, Rock Wall, Sand Patterns.  Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, California. December 30, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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