“A Splash of Light”- Morro Bay, CA – David Pasillas – Featured Photographer
I think we need a bigger jetty! I love the sun setting into the whitewater. It gives a calming effect under such raw power. I have surfed here many times, but never when the waves were this large. Dave is very creative in his photography and even uses his Iphone to take some really interesting shots. Be sure to check them out here http://500px.com/DavidPasillas or http://iphonephotog.wordpress.com/. You can also contact him at http://www.facebook.com/DavidPasillasPhoto
Take it away Dave:
I had heard the waves were going to be massive out in Morro Bay, CA so I made the 45 minute drive to hang out next to Morro Rock with all the other spectators. There was quite a crowd actually, and most of them had the common sense to keep a safe distance. Imagine 12+ foot waves crashing into the jetty creating a cool mist in the air. Not so cool when you have to keep wiping your lens, but I digress. I got a few awesome shots of the waves crashing into the rocks, but this one stood out.
For months, this image sat on my hard drive because I had yet to figure out how to make the most of this image. It looked muddy and bland as some RAW files tend to do. After watching a workshop on HDR, I took the plunge and blended 5 exposures in Photomatix, used Topaz Adjust to bring out some more detail, and color efex pro to add a slightly dreamy feel. The result is the image I call A Splash of Light.
The camera used was a Nikon D60, really just an entry level camera, with the 18-55 kit lens. So who needs the biggest and baddest gear to get a good shot!? This HDR image was created from 1 RAW file.
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