Picture of the Week 38 – Watching the Ocean

Canon EOS 60D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/400s f/8.0 at 200.0mm iso400

Michele is off to Paris for a month. Since we’ve never been apart for more than a week since we got married 16 years ago, this will be an interesting learning experience for us.

Well, life goes on, and here’s another picture of the week.

Sadly, it was Michele’s turn to get sick with a bad cold, just before her trip. So, we didn’t manage more than another short stroll at La Jolla Cove. I promise, though, that you won’t get stuck with pictures of the same location forever.

What I like most about this shot is the colors. The yellow and purple of the dress and skirt work really well against the dark blue water in the background. As an extra bonus, very similar colors are repeated in the kayak in the background, which is blurred just enough that it doesn’t distract from the primary focus of the image. Finally, one can’t help but wonder what the two women are looking at (I think more kayakers), which adds to the appeal of the image.

Technically, the only challenge was to brighten the women’s faces enough, since there was no direct light on them. I probably sound like a broken record from one week to the next, but again, shooting raw was the ticket. In addition, I used a portrait filter in Photoshop which allows me to pick a range a skin colors (in this case the dark faces) and selectively brighten and warm up those part of the image.

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2 Responses to Picture of the Week 38 – Watching the Ocean

  1. Ginny Dodge says:

    A lovely mood you caught. Your thoughts and comments on how you select and compose your beautiful photos are very instructive and inspiring. I look forward to your weekly lessons.

  2. Marsha Sinkevich says:

    This is a very appealing composition. Agreed, the bright, but non-garish colors make this a beautifully captured moment in time.

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