Tower 23

This shot was taken at tower 23 at Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, California. If you go on the main beach and just walk North on the shore towards the campground you will find this spot. I liked it because there was no one there and there were rocks everywhere which made for a cool foreground subject. The bright color of the lifeguard tower provided a nice compliment to the rest of the picture so I knew I had to make it the main focus of the picture when I composed it. I had to wait to take this picture for a little bit because there were a few people walking around here and there and I didn’t want any kind of spooky ghostly image in my picture so I just waited and enjoyed the view until the time was right and I snapped away. This is a RAW image file that I processed in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Color Effex Pro and basic levels and curves adjustment. I adjusted the color of this picture as well because the original shot had a green hue because I had used a piece of welder’s glass for a 10 stop filter. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Lifeguard Shack

If you go a little North of San Diego and follow the coast, you will hit this area known as Torrey Pines State Reserve which is right near La Jolla, California. This is a beautiful area right along the beach with giant cliffs that you can traverse around and go exploring. There are numerous hiking trails that are accessible and awesome vantage points as well. Unfortunately if you want to park then you have to pay to go inside the gate but you may get lucky and find a spot just outside the gate. This spot was actually real close to where I parked. I just got off my bike and walked right down to the beach a little ways. I wanted to created a sort of minimal feeling picture for this one and give a sense of loneliness and calmness as well. I took a few regular shots that came out alright but it didn’t real have the feel I was going for and I didn’t want to have to try and get it in Photoshop. So instead, I popped on my makeshift filter. This filter is a piece of welders glass that works as a 10 stop filter. It works awesome and only cost me like $5. The only drawback is that it gives a green hue to all of the pictures taken with it but I hear all the regular brands give some sort of hue anyway and this is easily correctible in Photoshop since I shoot in RAW. So I shot this with the filter and I knew from the first shot that the filter did what I had hoped it would. It gave the picture this eerie feel that it tends to do which I have fell in love...