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Coast Walk Trail

Taken in La Jolla, California

Taken in La Jolla, California
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VHiggins December 10, 2015
joycealicesmith May 16, 2016
Nice capture! Congratulations on winning the Challenge!
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Behind The Lens

This was taken in La Jolla, California from a little dirt walking path behind homes near the famous La Jolla Cove. The views are spectacular.
Sunset, my favorite time to shoot. Last fall we had day after day of the most beautiful sunsets. I was shooting almost every day for awhile.
I think the lighting speaks for itself in this image!
Taken with a Canon 5DS R, Canon 24-105mm f/4 L lens with an 8 stop neutral density filter, cable release for the shutter, and a tripod.
San Diego is on the coast so I shoot a lot of coastal seascapes at sunset. I was familiar with this trail but had never shot from it. One day I was looking for a new spot, something different, and thought I would give this a try.
I use Lightroom for my landscapes. The clarity slider can be lowered to smooth out the ocean to a degree but it won't replace a long exposure. I will use both sometimes. And I like to use the clarity slider to increase the structure of clouds so they are better defined.
In my camera bag
I've really narrowed it down. Almost all my landscapes are shot with the Canon 24-105mm L lens on the 5DS R body. A tripod of course; two neutral density filters, an 8 stop and a 10 stop; plus a cable release for the shutter. There's a Canon 70-200mm that comes in handy once in awhile when I see an interesting ship but that's about it.
Sunsets are hit and miss and unpredictable. There is no way to tell if you're going to get a good one or not so just go. Sometimes a boring sunset pops with color near the end just when you're thinking about leaving. And the best color is usually after the sun goes down. I joined a group on Facebook that posts photos from all over this county and I get ideas there for locations or different perspectives from familiar locations. If you want the smooth, milk like water effect bring neutral density filters. Take shots at different shutter speeds. You might not want to smooth it out too much, like in this photo. There's still a little texture left, especially at the edge where it's breaking onto the beach.

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