Bowling Ball Beach, High Contrast, Monochrome, Long Exposure

ISO200, 52mm, f/14, 25 sec
Bowling Ball Beach, Point Arena, CA

Not your typical “rule of thirds” composition here.  There is a bit more black negative space than is comfortable.

(Click through the photo for the 700px enlarged image)

This photograph at Bowling Ball Beach was processed a bit more than usual.  The workflow for me is to typically select the “camera” profile in Lightroom, export to SEP2 for conversion to monochrome, and then final adjustments back in Lightroom.

While the workflow did not change, I leaned heavily adjusting the tone curve in both SEP2 and LR.  The final result I was trying to achieve was to have high contrast between the sunlight hitting the rocks and the shadow areas, foreground.  This involved dropping down the slider values in the dark and shadow areas.

The intent of shooting the long exposure was to smooth out the waves coming into shore.  While the water ended up decently smooth, it did not have the cotton candy look I am used to seeing.

Previous posts from Bowling Ball Beach & Point Arena:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 52mm, ISO 200, 25 sec, f/14

Bowling Ball Beach, High Contrast, Monochrome, Long Exposure.  Bowling Ball Beach, Point Arena, California. September 1, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


3 thoughts on “Bowling Ball Beach, High Contrast, Monochrome, Long Exposure

    1. Thank you Melinda. It is amazing though how our brains tend to automatically think in “rules of thirds” (if that’s you’re thing) when we compose a shot in the viewfinder. There are some shots such as lone oak trees that absolutely work be placed in the center, but I have to fight myself to get there.

      I would love to go back to Point Arena, a couple of good food choices in town too! I just need to get someone else to drive! The 24-hour solo photo shoot trip is just not advisable. 🙂


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