The Other Side
|From the Other Side|
|Google Earth: Not Looking Good|
|TPE: Not Gonna Happen|
The main line we're interested in here is the orange one. I have now conveniently forgotten Pewetole Island (rock) that is plainly shown in the path of line of sunset. I have convinced myself if I get to the other northern side of this formation then hug up against to shoreline I just might make this geometry problem work. So at this point I've ignored all the data that says it won't work and have visions of glorious sunsets framed in my rock formation in my head. It was going to be gorgeous! Then I checked the tidal chart because I knew I would need a low tide to get to the northern side of this formation. On this day super low tide and sunset coincided! It was a sign, and I eagerly packed up for my adventure.
As the shot that I did end up taking shows, I didn't get my glorious sunset. Granted this was shot about 30 minutes before sunset, but bigger and bigger waves were crashing and though I knew low tide hadn't hit it's zenith yet, the very rocky field that is usually submerged wasn't something I wanted to navigate in near darkness. Also, if I had just taken a minute to look at the map data I would have seen that the shot in my head has a shot of happening (from the south side) in June of this year. Too bad it's looking like the tides won't be in my favor.
About the shot itself. It is, if you didn't guess, a seven shot HDR, processed with Photomatix Pro, and a range of +Topaz Labs products. I've been experimenting with the order I do things, so for this shot I processed each bracket through InFocus for capture sharpening and DeNoise (in that order) before running them through Photomatix. My thinking was in sharpening the brackets before HDRing I might get a sharper and less noisy final image, even if Photomatix does try to minimize shake. The brackets were shot on a tripod, with image stabilization turned off, so that should have helped also. After doing some retouch work in Aperture with a spot that I can't seem to get off my sensor or lens, and fixing white balance, I went back to Topaz Labs and Clarity to bring the rock alive with targeted contrast enhancement. I then finished the shot off with some work in Detail