Photos by Ross Finlayson

Sunset at Panther Beach

This photo - taken near Santa Cruz, California - was made from three separate photos (one normally-exposed; one underexposed; one overexposed), combined using software ("high dynamic range" (HDR) processing). The three photos were taken about 1 second apart, which meant that the waves were in a different position in each photo. That's why the sea looks 'wild and angry' in the combined image. I also liked the reflection of the sun on the waves and on the wet part of the sand. The hour before sunset is a great time of the day to take photos like this.

(October 23, 2011. Nikon D5000, HDR from a 3-shot bracketed exposure (-2,0,+2 EV) @ f/18, 14mm, ISO 200.)

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