Tower on Victoria Beach, California

Tower on Victoria Beach, California
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Exceptional Contrast
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17 Comments | Report
trune66 August 02, 2014
Magnificent, Great shot, love everything about this photo.
pat-rice440 August 05, 2014
amazing image..beautiful tones in b+w
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RichardReames August 07, 2014
Very nice shot. It's such an awesome beach.
Bozzzzz August 17, 2014
Super B&w.
Vince542 September 01, 2014
Awesome capture!!!
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DonaKarnes November 17, 2014
Nikonover December 12, 2014
Superb shot B&W certainly makes this,love the stairway, 10/10
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cmlppphotos January 02, 2015
Love this photo! Please let me know where this is!
roccochiara January 11, 2015
davvero molto particolare!
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Tiekie January 12, 2015
Excellent shot, love the B/W for the photo.
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BaxterMan January 18, 2015
I have never seen anything like that, awesome!
HollyE January 23, 2015
Great shot, very magical quality.
Will-Robson February 08, 2015
Sometimes it's all about the subject, great find and great pic.
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hwishnick February 20, 2015
What an interesting shot. Great in B\W
davidsloan July 06, 2015
An amazing stunning capture, I love it.
Pasarela November 12, 2016
Excellent shot. where did you take this beautiful photo?
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randyblack October 13, 2019
Spectacular image! B&W—excellent choice!!
picturesque October 13, 2019
Thank you

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at small not very well known beach named Victoria Beach in California
I took this photo in the morning after low tide so I could get the composition I was wanting.
I used my light histogram on my camera to help get an good balance between the highlights and shadows. I slightly underexposed the image because I didn't want to blow out the highlights in the sky too much while losing too many details in the shadows. It's easier to recover shadow areas in post processing then to tone down blowouts in highlight.
When I took this picture I had a Canon 60d with a 18-135mm kit lens and used a tripod with a remote shutter release.
My wife and I decided we were going to make a day trip to California to check out some beaches. I Google searched Southern California Beaches and images. I came across an image of this particular tower. This beach is not very well known to tourist and not many locals visit it. After reading the history of this tower I had to make this one of my stops to photograph. I won't ruin the story behind this hidden treasure. If your interested in the history Google search "Victoria Beach Pirate Tower"
I do most of my post processing in Photoshop Camera Raw. On this image first I did a lens correction followed by adjusting the exposure to compensate for the slight underexposure of the image and then boosted the shadows. Then did color corrections and added vibrance and contrast. I didn't know I was going to make it a black and white image at first. After opening it into photoshop I created a black and white layer and did a custom adjustment on each color on the black and white layer to balance everything out.
In my camera bag
I shoot at a combination of locations ranging from short drives around Las Vegas like Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead to long trips over several days to farther locations like Yosemite National Park. I have a backpack to carry all my gear with plenty of pockets for accessories and padding to protect my camera body and lens from bumps and drops. Shooting mostly landscapes I use a Canon 6d because it's a full frame camera. For wide angles a Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, for creative and shallow depth of fields a Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM and for telephoto a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD. Filter accessories are a Circular polarizer to compensate for difficult lighting, saturation and haze. Other filters are a 6x and 10x neutral density filters for long exposures during morning, day, evening and smoothing water. The necessary extras are four batteries and seven 32 gig memory cards. I also carry a variety of flash lights. I do a lot of night shooting and they range for uses for of safety, getting sharp focus, light painting and a red and green color to keep my eyes adjusted to the darkness.
The best advice I believe for a location your not familiar with is research. In this particular shot this beach is in a residential area and not well known. Parking spaces are located on the Pacific Coast Highway and requires walking down a steep hill through a neighborhood and a long set of stairs down to the beach. I also checked the tide report to ensure during the time I was going to be there I could access the location. The more prepared you are for a location makes a more enjoyable experience to focus on getting the shot you want.

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