ericbennett
ericbennett

"Fleeing Light"



I shot this photo in Malibu, CA, at a beach I had never been to. I am discovering more and more how little I used to explore while growing up in Southern Califo...
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I shot this photo in Malibu, CA, at a beach I had never been to. I am discovering more and more how little I used to explore while growing up in Southern California and I am finding all of these new places now just a few hours away from my old home. El Matador beach is definitely the most stunning stretch coastline I have seen in Southern California. There were numerous caves and the light was beautiful. This little cave allowed me to capture the glowing ray of light coming through and also get some of the sky that was lighting up.I really enjoy the tide in this image as it is shaped like an "S" and gives the feeling of motion, leading you out through the cave and into the sea. The shape of the cave reminds me of a famous sea stack in Australia named "Horse Head Rock," a place I have always dreamed of shooting.
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LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft February 14, 2016
Gorgeous!
melissavines36
 
melissavines36 March 16, 2016
Beautiful picture
adameastburn
 
adameastburn March 16, 2016
this is awesome.
carlhudson Premium
 
carlhudson March 18, 2016
Class
LindaMeets
 
LindaMeets April 14, 2016
Wow.. Breathtaking :)
AdelFerrito
 
AdelFerrito May 07, 2016
Amazing!!!!!!!
MWPhotography2 PRO+
 
MWPhotography2 May 17, 2016
Brilliantly composed and captured at the apex of the golden hour!
rodneyarbiol
 
rodneyarbiol June 12, 2016
THIS IS BEYOND OUTSTANDING! WOW!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 July 14, 2016
Beautiful!
chuck54
 
chuck54 August 05, 2016
Stunning photograph!!!!!!!!!!!!
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos August 09, 2016
Nicely done!
vahro
 
vahro August 16, 2016
Great Picture!
Tanda4bama PRO
 
Tanda4bama August 17, 2016
What did you do to achieve this look?
bennettcphotography
 
bennettcphotography September 10, 2016
This composition is perfect. The edge of the wave is a beautiful S shape leading strait to the hole in the cliff.
Matthewsmithphotog
 
Matthewsmithphotog September 13, 2016
Amazing photo, how did you create your watermark like that?
gordonrobson PRO
 
gordonrobson September 17, 2016
Awesome effect love it
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 16, 2016
Wow amazing capture
mgenkova
 
mgenkova November 19, 2016
Stunning!
lisaannbirch PRO
 
lisaannbirch December 12, 2016
congratulations my friend for being a finalist........p.s.....you should have won!!!! So thankful for our time together. What a privilege.......
jewelwright
 
jewelwright April 14, 2017
Breathtakingly beautiful
normamakrosie
 
normamakrosie May 31, 2017
Perfect composition! Absolutely stunning!
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JohnCookPhotography June 23, 2017
Stunning
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przybyls July 09, 2017
Wow
Mohan_photos
 
Mohan_photos July 10, 2017
Stunning!!!
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bronxie October 03, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous
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DebbieKMiller81 May 15, 2018
Wonderful title
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 Jan 06
Beautiful scene. Congrats on all the awards.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA
Time
I lucked out and was able to shoot a brilliant sunset.
Lighting
The way the light was coming through the sea arches at this amazing beach was so surreal, the mist from the tide would make it glow and look so defined.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 6D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L and a cheap Manfrotto Tripod.
Inspiration
I saw the way the tide would come through this sea arch and make a perfect "S" shape every so often. I got about knee deep in the water and used the curvy tide as a leading line through the arch. It was a truly unique scene compared to other seascapes I have shot.
Editing
I blended several exposures together for the dynamic range since I was shooting straight into the light. The visible side of the sea arch was very dark as well as the tide in the shade. I did some dodging and burning to accentuate highlights and adjusted the color balance to be accurate.
In my camera bag
My Canon 6D, Sony a7s, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Trusty lens cloth and a Mefoto Tripid.
Feedback
When you are shooting seascapes you should always stop down to f/22 since focus stacking isnt really an option when the tide is changing so much, this will help you to keep the scene more in focus with a deeper depth of field. I would slow down the shutter as well but not too much, in order to keep texture in the moving tide. I usually shoot no slower than 1", it just depends on how fast the water is moving. I would also recommend a wide angle lens.

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