For this week’s post I decided to give the Ocean shots a break and go with something a little different. A little because it’s still a sunset and it’s still the beach, but these are some photos that I took at our local beach.
What I love about these rocks is that you have to stalk the tide in order to get the right shot, so I put on my old sneakers-for-walking-in-the-mud and shot the sunset over the rocks like four days on a row. I have so much fun walking in the mud, and sometimes skiing in the mud, that I almost forgot I was terrified of slipping and ending with the camera in the water. Luckily I was underestimating the skills honed during a lifetime of living by the beach, and I barely got any mud on me, none at all on Freedom. That’s what you get from a childhood spent hunting for crabs (plus they’re the only ugly-looking creatures that don’t scare me at all).
I tried a new way of processing these photos since the exposure was complicated due to the contrast between the sky and the rocks. David from Stories from home posted about blending exposures by using gradient masks in Photoshop, and since I don’t get on well with HDR (not because I don’t like it but because I can never get it right), I decided this method was going to be my favorite way of dealing with this kind of shots. I was so right! I love the results, and the process is actually very easy and fast. I followed this tutorial.
There will be more shots of the sunset on rocks to come, so I hope you enjoy them :).