Ecola State Park at Sunset

Ecola State Park at SunsetEcola State Park at Sunset

Ecola State Park is on the northern Oregon coast, between the town of Seaside and Cannon Beach. It had rained for just about the entire day before we visited Ecola State Park. In fact, the rain was so torrential the day before that we spent the afternoon in our chalet in Seaside watching old films on the VHS video player provided by the hosts. It was great to get out along the gorgeous Oregon coastline on the following day though. After scouting out this viewpoint at Ecola Point earlier in the day, we returned for the sunset and were treated to a beauty.

This shot was taken looking south towards Cannon Beach, shrouded in mist in the distance, just after the sun had set further to the right. The image was created from three bracketed shots, merged to a 32bit tif file in Lightroom and then processed in Photoshop with On1 Effects 10.

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Mirror Lake | Oregon

mirror lake in oregon with reflection of mount hood

Mirror Lake, Oregon

Mirror lake is accessed via a forest trail of about a mile and a half from route 26 near Government Camp. We arrived here late in the afternoon and only just made it to the lake before the sun went down. However, this was the perfect time of day to catch the low angled sun lighting the slopes of Mount Hood, which is nicely reflected in the lake. It’s quite obvious from this view how Mirror Lake gets its name!

The image is a manual digital blend of two exposures, as the dynamic range between the bright sun on Mount Hood and the shadows of the trees around the lake was too wide for the camera to capture in one shot. I combined the exposures in Photoshop, using luminosity masks, and finished the processing using On1 Effects 10.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Twilight

sheikh zayed grand mosque at twilight

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Twilight

Here is another shot of the amazingly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We spent a few hours here from late afternoon until dark. The blue hour, just after sunset, provided the perfect time to capture some gorgeous colours along with the stunning architectural features. I really liked how the warm light from the cloisters, the lanterns on the path and the glow in the sky contrasted with the blues. It was very peaceful standing here and enjoying the view, while my camera captured the shots required to create this image.

This is a digital blend of several exposures which I merged to a 32bit TIF in Lightroom. I then exported it to Photoshop and edited with On1 Effects 10 and Topaz DeNoise. You can download a free version of the On1 Effects 10 plug-in for Photoshop over on the right hand side of this page. Click here for the free Lightroom version.

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Golden Gate Bridge at Night

golden gate bridge at night in san francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge at Night

After spending the afternoon in the picturesque little town of Sausalito, we drove down to Fort Baker for the sunset and stayed to capture this shot of the Golden Gate Bridge at night. It was a pretty spectacular sunset that evening and some of the pink colour remained in the sky when I took this 30 second exposure about an hour later. It gets quite chilly down there with a strong wind blowing across the bay and this was about the last shot I took before we packed up and drove back over the bridge to San Francisco for some supper.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

woman walking at sheikh zayed grand mosque in aub dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The ornately decorated columns and polished marble floor in the cloisters of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offer plenty of scope for interesting images on their own, but I wanted to add some human interest to this scene. The walkway leads to the female prayer hall and I had seen a few groups of women walking towards it while I was taking photos there. The shot I envisioned was of a single figure walking between the columns, so I waited for a few minutes and this lady kindly obliged and provided the perfect focal point.

The photo was taken with my Canon 5D mk3 camera and the 135 f/2L, one of my favourite lenses. Very little post processing was required. Colour correction, straighten and slight crop were done in Lightroom. I then added some contrast, saturation and vignette, using the ON1 Effects 10 Photoshop plugin.

In all, there are more than 1000 columns in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. They are covered in white marble plate and inlaid with coloured marble and various gem stones, including amethyst and mother of pearl. All women entering the mosque must wear an abaya, like the lady in the photo, or long loose fitting clothes and a head scarf. Men must wear long trousers and at least a t-shirt. If you visit without suitable attire, then it can be borrowed from the attendants at the mosque.

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