Long exposures on the West Side

I had an idea for a scene on the west side of Santa Cruz. There are a few staircases that lead surfers into the ocean but one in particular just didn’t really do anything for me — until I had an idea. I had envisioned the staircase in sharp focus while the waves washed over it. Shortly after the idea formed the weather and tide cooperated perfectly. The tide was high and the sky overcast.

Step Into My Office #2.
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The great thing about the overcast sky was that just after sunrise a bright band would appear over the horizon between the ocean and the clouds. Some time with Photoshop created exactly the look I wanted.

Step Into My Office #3 is born

Step Into My Office #3
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I had another idea involving elements that moved and elements that kept still. I was hoping for a surfer to come up the staircase. This involved a 3-stop neutral density filter. For shots like these I often manually focus on the part of the image that I want in sharpest focus. This may vary if I’m going for  hyperfocal depth of field. Soon enough a surfer approached and started coming up the staircase.

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Author: Sean McLean

Photographer from Santa Cruz, California. Sharing thoughts and photographs.

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