La Jolla Tides

As Matthew mentioned in his post last night, we’ve been messing with the latest Lightroom HDR feature. We’ll do a proper review soon, but so far I’m enjoying the results. Tonight’s photo is the result of my first go with this feature. I have no intention of moving away from Photomatix Pro any time soon, but the ability to work in two programs instead of three is very appealing. I like being able to move seamlessly from Lightroom to Photoshop without a third party slowing down my workflow. Then again, there are some things worth taking the time for. Anyway, more on that later.

This was taken a few weeks ago in La Jolla after a pretty good storm started rolling in. After work, Matthew and I rushed to the nearest beach to catch the sunset. It must’ve been a good one because the beach was littered with photographers. The dynamics between photographers in these types of situations is always interesting to me. There seems to be a list of unspoken rules, but you always have that guy who gives zero effs. The most important (and obvious) rule is, if there’s someone setup when you arrive, don’t get in his shot. First come, first serve. Don’t be that guy who shows up right when the sunset gets really good and setup in front of everyone else who has been there for hours. Just don’t do it. I know it’s hard to find a spot sometimes, but it just makes for an interesting challenge to find a unique composition. A challenge I had this evening. I started by taking a number of exposures shifting around as much as I could to no avail. I had hoped that warming up would get the creative juices flowing and cause something to jump out at me. Everything I was seeing just felt forced and I began grumbling to myself. Just when I started to feel like it was going to be a bust, I stumbled upon this alcove. It offered me just the right perspective, practically devoid of all tripods. There were a couple of photographers around the edge, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t fix in post and this sunset was worth the effort.

Sunset on a beach in La Jolla

About Michaela Hansen

Michaela is an artist and photographer living in San Diego. She prefers yoga to running, hiking to shopping, and dark chocolate to just about anything else.

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