GeraintRowlandPhotography
GeraintRowlandPhotography

Shadows & Light, California



Under the Santa Monica Pier, California. Please take a look at my website at:

www.geraintrowland.co.uk


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Under the Santa Monica Pier, California. Please take a look at my website at:

www.geraintrowland.co.uk


More travel photographs can be found on my Facebook at:

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13 Comments | Report
LiLaLux
 
LiLaLux September 28, 2016
You caught a very nice moment ... great shot!
rogerhathaway
 
rogerhathaway September 29, 2016
I love the Shadows in this one very well done
MRueffer
 
MRueffer October 03, 2016
This is wonderful
chmeermann
 
chmeermann November 17, 2016
Awesome use of the light here.
ncpcov PRO
 
ncpcov December 04, 2016
Congrats I have this amazing image as the winner in my Silhouettes challenge - was down to 3 amazing pics but the use of light against the dark in this just edged it for me. Thanks for adding to the challenge.
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer December 05, 2016
Super picture! Congratulations on winning the Silhouette challenge!
CireTheMagnificent
 
CireTheMagnificent December 05, 2016
Congratulations on your win!
panilsson PRO
 
panilsson April 05, 2017
Excellent????????
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK August 22, 2017
Wonderful. Voted in the Show The Beach Photo Contest
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel April 14, 2018
This has a mood and moment in time. Much to like about it.
AdirahsEyes
 
AdirahsEyes June 21, 2018
Excellent shot
Vinnie96
 
Vinnie96 April 22, 2019
awesome capture!
PhotographybyTessa
 
PhotographybyTessa December 02, 2019
Beautiful love the lighting 👏🏼

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo under the Pier at Santa Monica in California. I had driven route 66 with a friend finishing up in Santa Monica where we stayed for a few days. I headed down to the beach for sunset and underneath the pier for a short time was this amazing light.
Time
I took the picture early evening around 7pm just before sunset. The tide was coming in fast and the sun always dropping quickly so there was only a very short window possible underneath the pier.
Lighting
I originally intended to take some wide angle shots of the pier with the setting sun behind but the light under the pier looked very interesting so I went under to take a look. The shards of light that were coming through and the shadows were very atmospheric so I decided to take some shots underneath as well which turned out to be my favourite.
Equipment
I took this shot handheld with a 5D Mark Two and a Canon 50mm 1.4. I originally planned to use my Canon Fish Eye 8 - 15mm but due to the low light and confined space switched under the pier to the 50mm.
Inspiration
The light, it was just very dramatic, there was another photographer under the pier also capturing the moment and his presence in the frame added an extra element.
Editing
I covered the RAW file into black and white, and increased the contrast to produce a stronger final image.
In my camera bag
That day I went to the beach for sunset with my Manfrotto travel tripod, a wide angle Canon 8 - 15mm lens and my trusty 50mm 1.4 which I always take everywhere and one times out of ten end up using it for the majority of the final shots.
Feedback
Alway be prepared for sunset, arriving in plenty of time and with a planned end shot in mind but don't be afraid of changing the plan to follow a change in the environment or to chase the best bit of light.

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