Seascape Parallels

Pismo Beach Seascape

This is probably my favorite seascape of Pismo Beach, California.  It’s an amazing place to visit any season and it has an incredible micro climate, offering a cool place to escape during the summer and a warm place to look forward to during the winter. Of course, no matter when you go, there are endless photo opportunities here.
seascape image. parallel lines consisting of sand, wood, ocean waves and the sky

I have taken and processes so many different images of the ocean from Pismo Beach over the years, but this particular seascape caught my eye this morning because of its peaceful nature. These usually do not contain perfectly straight lines, as the beauty of the seascape is quite the opposite. I guess I saw a different side to my favorite beach, and the playful display of parallels appealed to me greatly even though it has been two years since this image was taken. I guess time to go back and get some more (as if I ever need an excuse).
As to the technical specifications, this was pretty simple and straightforward: minor Lightoom adjustments for contrast, followed by a final finishing touch in Photoshop using one of my favorite plugins: Exposure 7 by Alienskin. This was done using the Kodachrome 35mm – Brighter filer from their Vintage selection (I use this one a lot), I love the consistent blues and pure whites.

The exposure is as follows:
Exposure: 1/200 sec at f/ 8.0
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO: 100
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm  (LOVE this lens)

Brandt’s Cormorants

 Three Brandt’s Cormorants, Pismo Beach

I’m not a wildlife photographer but these three guys were just hard to resist.

Beautiful birds with a funny name.

Found a great article on California coastal birds and very much enjoyed reading about these guys, turns out we have a lot in common: we both like fish and squid.

Three birds

Smoky Water Effect

Creating Smoky Water Effect

Alas, so little time for fun! I did manage to get to some images from our Pismo Beach trip this year and quite a bit of fun working on this one.

Creating smoky water effect takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice; sure, I’ve gotten lucky sometimes and got a beautiful shot withMotion Blur, Ocean Waves

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Morro Bay, California

Beautiful Morro Bay

Just like that, 2013 is almost gone.  This is my beautiful memory at Morro Bay Beach; my daughter looking at a shell she found, just like she did when she was 5.

My wish for a Happy New Year is: More Happy Memories!

Hello Little Shell



The Whimsical Approach

The Tree on the Beach – Black and White

After an agonizing attempt to define myself as an artist (in words), trying to “find my own voice”, “have a signature technique” or come up with a “unique style” I have consciously given up the chore simply because it became just that.

I am not ready to define myself; not because I can’t but because I don’t want to commit to just doing one thing – I so love to experiment. I think I found a safe “out” for now, I’m willing to take advantage of the most obvious: I am a woman, I choose to exercise my rights of being whimsical.

As I processed this photo, made the final adjustments so that all the colors are perfectly conforming to the Elena Specs, walked away, came back, looked at it again: I’m finally happy, hit “save”. It’s ready to be posted the next day.

The next day I look and, without giving it another thought, hit the channel mixer in monochrome…. I still wonder if it was the weather or the Nocturne in C-sharp minor that’s to blame or to thank but there you have it. Complete and utter opposite, but great never the less and the best part- I choose to keep both! My biggest inspirations are Ivan Shishkin and Anzel Adams, I cannot choose only one. At least not for now.

Image of a tree on the beach


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