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The famous Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California

The famous Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California
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4 Comments | Report
marksullivan_1715
 
marksullivan_1715 May 13, 2017
Well done. I love the use of light and shadow in this, with the mist coming off the water, gives this image almost an ethereal effect
suzannemanders
 
suzannemanders February 27, 2018
Amazinggg!
EzReveriePhotography
 
EzReveriePhotography June 24, 2018
Breathtaking
johannamontoyasotres
 
johannamontoyasotres July 18, 2018
Good composition 👏🏻

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo of Scripps Pier was taken in my former home town, San Diego. I love Scripps Pier because it is so symmetrical and every time I go there to take photos they all look different, even though it is the same subject.
Time
This was taken during the Golden Hour, a few minutes before sunset.
Lighting
It was very light during this time of the day, so I didn't use anything but natural light.
Equipment
I used my MeFoto travel trips, Nikon D800, 24 mm prime lens and a 10 stop ND filter.
Inspiration
I love taking photos of the ocean and I love piers because of their architecture. Scripps Pier is prime Real Estate for photographers, as it is such a beautiful subject to take photos of and it can get very crowded, so I arrived early to claim my spot right in the center. Normally photos of this pier look very dramatic, but I wanted something more serene, and that day was perfect for it. There were no clouds, just the sun casting these beautiful shadows across the water underneath the pier. I did a longer exposure to smooth the water out.
Editing
I did do some post processing adjusting highlights and shadows and removing some chromatic aberration (color fringing) on the poles of the pier in Photoshop. I also used the sun burst from another photo taken minutes apart, because in this photo here the pier and the shadows on the water looked the best, but I didn't quite get the sun burst right, so I merged two photos in photoshop, using layers, and painted the sun burst from the other photo into this one.
In my camera bag
Way too much for comfort! I like to be prepared for every situation, so my camera bag is usually crammed full with my Nikon D800, Pentax K1, and three or four lenses, including the 28-300 mm Nikkor, 24-70 mm Pentax, 70-200 mm Pentax, and lately Lensbaby Edge 80 and Velvet 56. I don't like to change lenses that often, so I often use two cameras. I always have neutral density filters and polarizing filters with me. And don't forget lens cleaning cloth! Shooting the ocean they are essential. When I have to walk further though, I am learning to only take one camera, some filters and a light tripod with me.
Feedback
My advice is to go back to places you have photographed before, and keep photographing them often, because they will look different during different times of the day. Try early morning, late evening, even during the day for contrasty black and white photos. Try different filters, different angles. Keep it fun and interesting and enjoy the process of making photos.

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