I took an afternoon back in May to shoot one of my favorite spots on the Ranch, the rocks around Del Mar Point. After I processed what I thought were the best images I left them alone for awhile. The truth is I forgot about them having gotten caught up in another project. So I went back to these images recently and looked at them through a different lens so to speak, namely, black and white. Sometimes it’s good to let a little time go by after you process images as you may rethink how you see them. In this case I decided that while the color images were OK (just OK, and maybe that’s why I forgot about them in the first place) and after playing with B&W on some other images recently, I really wanted to focus more on the texture and shadows of these sandstone rocks. While there is a fair degree of color range within these rocky outcrop scenes, I think the there is a broader range of textures, shadows and light.
The first five images show the rocky cliffs in all their striated and sea-sculpted glory. The small fractures and faults that run along these outcrops provide a nice sight line and focal point to the images. The varied shapes have captured my interest for quite some time; I often refer to this place as the “Dinosaur Rocks.” The texture changes abruptly between layers which also adds to the complexity and beauty of this spot.
The last image shows a large tree stump that was somehow deposited by the tide and wedged into this crevice in the rocks. This stump is easily six feet across. I was really taken with its texture and almost tortured nature of its root structure. In B&W it seems to blend in nicely with the rock surfaces around it. The forceful nature of the weathering here tends to make everything look about the same after a while, in color and texture. So it seemed fitting to show these images in B&W and remove the somewhat confounding effect of color. Let me know what you think.
Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens. B&W processing in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro2.