Where have I just Landed?

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Sea Ranch Marine Preserve at high tide Sea Ranch Marine Preserve: long exposure Sea Ranch Marine Preserve...is anybody out there? Sea Ranch Marine Preserve at high tide-30 second exposure

Sometimes an image, or group of images can transform a familiar place to a very unfamiliar place, maybe even a place other-worldly in appearance.  It was a cloudy day with intermittent fog along the coast and I wanted to see what kind of mood I could create given the landscape, the weather, and the high tide over a long, flat rocky tidal shelf.  The resulting images remind me of some old 1950’s sci-fi movie of some distant and uninhabited planet.   Is there life out there?  What do you think?

Equipment: Nikon D810; Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 lens; B&W 10-stop ND filter; Oben Tripod.

Process:  For those who are interested, I shot these images at 17mm for 30 sec. at either f18 or f16 using a 10 stop ND filter.  Raw images were processed through Photoshop CC, and Tonal Mapped through Photomatix Pro 5.  Black and white conversion was done through Nik’s Silver Efex Pro.  The images were taken just north of the Sea Ranch Marine Preserve.

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2 Responses to Where have I just Landed?

  1. Yes, where is that place? It is very frightening to me. I always want just a regular photo to
    see what the subject really looked like in normal color. Then maybe I could appreciate the
    “jazzed up” version that you like. Real version first, then the other jazzed one. Thanks for
    your work and experimentation.

  2. Nancy Carroll says:

    Hi Phil: I think I would like the colored version better as well. “Other worldly” is a great description. So is “desolate”. Makes us appreciate our beautiful sunshine. Hugs,
    Nancy

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