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Portal To Heaven



By the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse area in Puerto Rico, This is a single shot photo I took there is no HDR or blending just the usual shadow an highlights, vibrance, ...
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By the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse area in Puerto Rico, This is a single shot photo I took there is no HDR or blending just the usual shadow an highlights, vibrance, etc, The sunset was just amazing and I was fortunate to be there and capture it! it had rained that day and I didn't know if the trip was worth it but I took my chances I got there a little late and just started to feel for the right composition until I found this spot up against the rock wall where this particular wave came up to my knees!
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39 Comments | Report
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka August 09, 2014
Excellent blend of technique and artistry.
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
 
Kenny_Enriquez August 09, 2014
Thank you my friend!!
paulinesimmonds
 
paulinesimmonds August 10, 2014
Wow! Spectacular scene and capture!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair January 08, 2015
Pretty work!
rajeevraj
 
rajeevraj January 08, 2015
Awesome!!! Shared in Fb :)
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
Kenny_Enriquez August 06, 2017
Thank you rajeevral!
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala January 08, 2015
Superb shot full of power!
Stretton
 
Stretton January 08, 2015
Like a piece of heaven, beautiful
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo January 08, 2015
Wonderfully creative, very beautiful comp, colours, drama and timing. Congratulations :-D
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead January 09, 2015
Congratulations ! Spectacular image ! Truly inspiring !
Alannixon PRO
 
Alannixon January 09, 2015
Awesome shot, congrats on your finalist!
Capture_This
 
Capture_This January 09, 2015
Excellent idea and approach. well composed and great vibrant colors and sharp details. Awesome job!!
tolbunt5 PRO
 
tolbunt5 January 09, 2015
Wowwwww :)
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia January 10, 2015
Very good Kenny! Splendid!
paolanicholecolnrodrguez
 
paolanicholecolnrodrguez January 10, 2015
Congratulations Keny! Amazing photo!
PHOTOHAPPY
 
PHOTOHAPPY January 10, 2015
Absolutely awesome capture!
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
 
Kenny_Enriquez January 10, 2015
I want to thank you all for your words of kindness and Inspiration, looking forward a great year ahead....
juancarlos_0277
 
juancarlos_0277 February 17, 2015
Absolutely Gorgeous Picture looks a like Painting... Excellent Job Kenny...
JoseTonyLopez
 
JoseTonyLopez July 29, 2015
In Puerto Rican lingo we call this "brutal."
Ctgilbert Premium
 
Ctgilbert September 25, 2015
Wow! Really well done! This is an amazing capture and an unbelievable gallery.
tainasolramirez
 
tainasolramirez January 15, 2016
Cous all your photographs are amazing, but this is my favorite. Enjoy the clouds and many shapes, the Sun setting.The colors of the waves in mid air. This is a W O W . Absolutely Love it
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
 
Kenny_Enriquez June 14, 2016
Thank you all for your comments and awards! I am very deeply appreciated....
zulmaguerra
 
zulmaguerra June 15, 2016
Super nice photo Excellent.
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Kenny_Enriquez August 12, 2016
Gracias Zulma!!!
Lectra222
 
Lectra222 July 27, 2016
Wow, gorgeous photo. It is so ominous looking.
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
Kenny_Enriquez August 12, 2016
Thank you Lectra!!!
zulmaguerra
 
zulmaguerra August 02, 2016
Beautiful Puerto Rico.
HectorRivera PRO
 
HectorRivera August 12, 2016
Excellent work of art. Impresive the way you have captured the beauty of our island.
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
Kenny_Enriquez August 12, 2016
Thank you Hector!!!
CrazyCat
 
CrazyCat October 16, 2016
Sjoe! This is awesome!
libnisantana
 
libnisantana November 12, 2016
Standing Ovation I just love this picture excellent capture and artistry.
Vidas
 
Vidas May 19, 2017
Wow! It is hard to believe that this is not an HDR. You were blessed with a wonderful scene.
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald June 14, 2017
This is unbelievable!
TonyBadwyArt PRO+
 
TonyBadwyArt July 06, 2017
Congrats , wonderfully captured ..
Kenny_Enriquez PRO
 
Kenny_Enriquez July 06, 2017
I like to thank everyone in the ViewBug community for your blessings and votes to help make this photo a winner!!! Thank you and a big abrazo!! "Hug!"
jamesjohnston_3471 PRO
 
jamesjohnston_3471 July 06, 2017
Stunning image! Congrats.
teewhyell PRO+
 
teewhyell July 06, 2017
Beautiful image! Congrats on your win, well deserved!
darsanramasamy
 
darsanramasamy July 06, 2017
Congratulations
_atombomb PRO
 
_atombomb July 06, 2017
Beautiful
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 July 08, 2017
Fantastic!
MelissaSueBall PRO
 
MelissaSueBall April 05, 2018
Wow just amazing
jeffsinnock
 
jeffsinnock April 29, 2018
Wow is the word Gorgeous image
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 Aug 29
Outstanding image, great mood. Beautiful work Kenny.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot at "Los Morrillos Lighthouse" in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, I started my landscape photography right here when I was about 16 yo, this place is very special to me
Time
I got a call from a friend early in the afternoon that day and he wanted to go to this location, I had taken a similar capture of this same spot a few days before and put it up on Facebook well my friend wanted to visit the natural bridge so he also could capture her beauty, It was raining that day and I didn't know if the trip was worth it but we gave it a go, I myself was excited about going again, when we get there we noticed the waves were huge and I never saw it like that before it was intense and spectacular to see it alive and up close to the action! about a good forty minutes into our shoot at exactly 6:08 PM on 09/30/2012 I captured the picture of my lifetime and titled it "Portal To Heaven"
Lighting
The Lighting was so good this day even with all the clouds in the way it was a clear and crispy I waited for the sun to get just above the horizon I knew that was the best light and with the clouds all around me and above me I could get some good light reflecting off the clouds above and behind me to light up the cliff in front of me, I gave it a slow shutter speed to be able to get more information from the shadows to later work on, and used a high F/stop to make sure I didn't burn my highlights
Equipment
I used my Nikon D300 and a Nikon 18-200 VR lens, I also used a tripod and that was all I needed I use the timer on the D300 to make sure the shot is focused and not blurred, I don't like walking around with too much equipment and weight on my back I always go light, I don't even use a camera strap I walk without one on and have never ever dropped my camera.
Inspiration
I took a few captures of this location a few days before, I wanted to capture a sunset here I knew I could capture something mystical my first try was nice everyone loved it and never saw anything like it, well I was thrilled about it and I felt it could only get better after this but you must push on! is how i was inspired to keep on creating and discovering, this is a never ending story and I love it...
Editing
My post processing starts every morning when I look out the window, light is my priority, on this photo I started the post processing on the camera with my setting I always have to know what I want and how to work it from the start, my ISO, F/stop and speed, on this photo Portal to Heaven all I did was work on the shadows and highlights first, then I gave it some clarity then I proceeded to sharpen, cleaned the noise, work on the WB straightened the horizon cleaned all the sensor spots gave it some Vibrance, contrast and cropped it, I then saved it in Tiff, PSD and jpeg, I only work in raw first on Adobe Lightroom then Photoshop, I do not do HDR, Blending or use mask I do try to stay as true to reality as possible with a hint of surrealism.
In my camera bag
In my bag I carry for most of the time right now is my Nikon D300, D800 with an Nikkor 28-105mm, equivalent to 18mm on the D800, three filters a polarizer, ND, and UV filter a tripod and that's it besides water and snacks
Feedback
My best advice for going out and trying to capture a shot like this is to go out as much as you can, carry your camera with you as much as you can, push yourself to do it! everyday you wake up look out and study the light of day notice the things people don't see and capture it, don't ever be satisfied because before you know it you're at the end of the line again, It took me over twelve years to capture this moment but I never gave in to giving up and still not giving up, keep aware of your surroundings try always to do something different than the usual and always be ready for the unexpected, I didn't find this spot it was always there but I did find her good side always look for the beauty in everything also try you're best to shoot in manual mode and raw format

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