Cave Delight

5 months 3 weeks ago #679869 by Alex
This shot was almost being a unicorn for me.  My last 4 times I had gone down to this location, conditions didn't work for me.  Last night MySunset app was showing this area to have a '74' forecast for lighting during sunset.  So at 6:07 pm I left my house and drove down to Laguna Beach to 1000 Steps Sea Cave, which was a 25 min drive.  Then to get to the spot from where you park, it's another 20 minutes... so timing was tight considering sunset was at 7:04 pm.  

What's funny is that I left so last minute, that I didn't check the tide report.  This was the first time being there when a VERY high tide was kicking, so my spot to get to was under about 3' of water.  I didn't expect this and was in pair of jeans and sneakers (vs my outdoor shoes I'm normally wearing).  Yep... I got wet.  

Here is the entrance... which as you can see is under a bit of water.  You get hear after after walking through 30' feet of surf that is about 2-3'.



My pants were soaked up to my pockets.  LOL



Here's the shot that I walked away with.  

Make: Canon
Model: Canon EOS R
Lens: RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
ISO: 800
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter speed: 0.3 sec
Captured: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:20pm

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5 months 3 weeks ago #679871 by Stefan-Olsson
Nice....I'm going checking out that place once this corona thing is past us. Nice shot.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #679879 by Alex

Stefan-Olsson wrote: Nice....I'm going checking out that place once this corona thing is past us. Nice shot.


Thanks bud, heck once this whole self isolation thing is over, we should go shooting some time!  

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5 months 3 weeks ago #679884 by Stefan-Olsson
Absolutely, I would totally be up for that......Keeping fingers crossed this is over soon.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #679891 by Shadowfixer1
I've been waiting to see this one since you talked about planning to go there in a video. Great scene and well worth the wading but you may have pushed the processing just a little too much. The halo along the cave entrance needs to dealt with if you are going to be pushing the processing this hard. It is a beautiful scene even so.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #679895 by garyrhook
Yes, a beautiful scene. The framing is quite nice and we have a very clear sense of where we are. So kudos.

I agree with the above regarding the PP. The halo is too pronounced, and the blue is a bit over the top for me. I think it should be a supporting player, but here it wants the lead part. And that should go to the yellows and oranges.

I'd also like to see just a smidge more detail in the cave walls.

$0.02. Worth the hassle to make this happen.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #679997 by Aaron Rogers
Well done for these shots! Worth the journey. 


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5 months 3 weeks ago #680089 by Pat White
I bet this would look nice B&W too


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5 months 3 weeks ago #680159 by Joshua Atkins

Alex wrote: This shot was almost being a unicorn for me.  My last 4 times I had gone down to this location, conditions didn't work for me.  Last night MySunset app was showing this area to have a '74' forecast for lighting during sunset.  So at 6:07 pm I left my house and drove down to Laguna Beach to 1000 Steps Sea Cave, which was a 25 min drive.  Then to get to the spot from where you park, it's another 20 minutes... so timing was tight considering sunset was at 7:04 pm.  

What's funny is that I left so last minute, that I didn't check the tide report.  This was the first time being there when a VERY high tide was kicking, so my spot to get to was under about 3' of water.  I didn't expect this and was in pair of jeans and sneakers (vs my outdoor shoes I'm normally wearing).  Yep... I got wet.  

Here is the entrance... which as you can see is under a bit of water.  You get hear after after walking through 30' feet of surf that is about 2-3'.



My pants were soaked up to my pockets.  LOL



Here's the shot that I walked away with.  

Make: Canon
Model: Canon EOS R
Lens: RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
ISO: 800
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter speed: 0.3 sec
Captured: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:20pm


Really good frame and light! Awesome! 


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5 months 3 weeks ago #680293 by Adam Wilson
The colors are amazing! 


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