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El Matador Sunset



Taking in the action of a late summer sunset at El Matador state beach in Malibu, California, USA.

Taking in the action of a late summer sunset at El Matador state beach in Malibu, California, USA.
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Honorable Mention in Travel Addict Project
Contest Finalist in Travel Addict Project
Contest Finalist in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 85
Peer Award
Superb Composition
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Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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Outstanding Creativity
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Magnificent Capture
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Travel Addict ProjectTop 30 rank
Travel Addict ProjectTop 10 rank week 1
My Favorite Trip Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 85Top 10 rank
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 85Top 10 rank week 2

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Rmay1 December 08, 2022
Congratulations on receiving an honorary mention in travel contest. Amazing shot.
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ELEVATEDIMAGING December 09, 2022
Thanks a lot!
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Behind The Lens

Location
Taken on a hot and understandably busy evening at El Matador state beach in Malibu, California.
Time
Sunset. This is a Westward view of the beach from above, just off the trail that leads downward.
Lighting
I waited for the sun to dip just below the horizon into the distant cliff face. I felt that it would accentuate the setting sun and add a favorable sunburst effect to the shadowy cliff.
Equipment
Nikon Z7ii, and a tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Handheld. Natural lighting. I didn't bother to try bracketing or focus stacking on this shot due to the movement of the waves and all the lovely people below. :)
Inspiration
I wanted some beach sunset shots, but as one can clearly see, so did many others on this hot day. Instantly upon arrival, I knew I would have to come up with something other than a beach level composition. No problem! I halted my hike at this vantage point primarily to preserve my spot, but also just to take in the happenings from above. There were many leading lines heading all toward the setting sun. I waited for exactly the right moment for the waves to be spaced perfectly apart, giving me the lines I was looking for.
Editing
Adobe camera raw post processing. Color grading and enhancements for highlights, shadows, details. Find some of my edits on the discover tab in lightroom!
In my camera bag
Nikon cameras and tamron SP lenses. ND filter/ tripod for waterfalls.
Feedback
Think outside the box and don't be afraid to call an audible, or be discouraged by finding something other than your initial plan unfolding.

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