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Carpinteria, CA

If you’re ever driving up the 101 northbound (or down the 101 southbound), you can exit off Bailard (looks like Ballard unless you inspect the sign very closely), head towards the ocean… and you’ll find this pretty little area. I was actually heading to class when I saw that the light was at a very pretty “post-sunset” mode, but still light enough to take photographs — we like to call it the “magic hour”.

As to fulfill the assignment, I again had to take a “wide” shot and a “detail” shot, but I couldn’t just choose one, so here are all 4 photos!


If you’re wondering, yes, it did start to get fairly dark, haha. My ISO wasn’t at the lowest, so I had to tweak the exposure a bit in postproduction (using Lightroom). Overall, though, I really love the feel of the photographs.

I also used Photomatix to create an HDRI (High Definition Range Image) for the wide shot. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see the entire range of the photos… this is what the scene looked like to my eye, but it definitely was not what my camera captured. Definitely a worthy program to check out if you have the time!

Canon 7D with various lenses.

Janice - Your photography is so freaking gorgeous. You need to like start selling your photos or something! 😀

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