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onyanita August 14, 2014
superb
 
sharonmolan August 22, 2014
beautiful photo!
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Dacemac October 01, 2014
Superb exposure! Congratulations!
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rmr731 October 10, 2014
Simply gorgeous! Congrats on being a finalist!
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JRosewarne October 10, 2014
What a stunning shot.
 
vgallova October 10, 2014
Superrrrrr exposure.
 
gondmagdi October 15, 2014
wonderful shot !
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SnowbunnyPhotography October 16, 2014
Oh my gosh! What a gorgeous capture! Love this.... :-)
 
RAPJones January 31, 2015
Wonderful composition and technique! ... Congrats!
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Byronfairphotography May 07, 2015
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Q-Vision May 19, 2015
Wonderful composition and colours. Love it!
 
MaryMarie March 12, 2016
Absolutely Beautiful~ Congratulations on being the finalist
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Pamelabole March 12, 2016
Stunning shot....and congrats on your well deserved award!! : )
 
kellumbear March 12, 2016
Nice shot! Congrats on your win!
 
markphoto4u March 13, 2016
Brilliant composition. The shadows really add drama to the long exposure, and wonderful leading lines as well. Perfect long exposure: love the water the way it meets the shore and pilings. Nice work!
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Tanda4bama August 23, 2016
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Weller95 December 04, 2016
Amazing shot and great balance!
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Paulacook144 March 25, 2017
Lovely colours and light in this image. Well seen and handled.
 
great picture

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The pier at San Simeon casts some gorgeous sunset shadows.

©Wendy Hudnall
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The pier at San Simeon casts some gorgeous sunset shadows.

©Wendy Hudnall
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Contest Finalist in The View Under The Pier Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was shot in San Simeon just below Hearst Castle on the central California Coast.
Time
Caught this one just prior to sunset.
Lighting
On this afternoon I was searching for sea stars at low tide when I turned to see gorgeous leading lines of shadow being cast across the sand which was sparked with golden highlights from the setting sun. It was a visual feast. I decided to shoot directly into the sun with my 16-35mm at f16 in the hopes of catching a sun star. I used a Lee Big Stopper filter (10 stop) and got the added benefit of smooth sky and water, placing the emphasis on the pier and cast shadows.
Equipment
Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 16-35 2.8L II, Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter, B+W Polarizing Filter, Really Right Stuff tripod & head, remote release
Inspiration
The California coast is always inspiring but it was definitely the dramatic shadows across the sand that caught my eye.
Editing
Lightroom adjustments for capture sharpening, lens correction, and basic adjustments. Photoshop used to adjust the mid tones & highlights and sharpen for web. Luminosity masks were used on curves layers to fine tune highlights and shadows. Dodging and burning highlights and shadows.
In my camera bag
I'm a gadget girl at heart so my bag is always full. It makes me happy except when I'm climbing up that steep hill. Camera, various lenses (I'm a huge believer in renting lenses I don't own to fit whatever situation I will be in), Lee ND & grad filters (can't get enough long expo water shots), remote release, Hoodman loop, multiple flashlights, Pano head and nodal slide for panoramas, extra batteries & memory cards, extra lens cloths (I'm always loosing those) sunscreen & lip balm...small weatherproof speaker (I love music when I'm shooting but not headphones. I don't want anyone sneaking up on me.)
Feedback
Keep an eye out for the unexpected and be ready to use it to your advantage. In this case I positioned the camera in a way to use the shadows as dramatic leading lines drawing the eye toward the pier and beyond to the sunset. Also utilize techniques that will place focus where you want it. Dramatic clouds and surf can be beautiful but in this case they may have drawn attention away from the shadows and complicated the composition of the image.

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