Seascape photo from los Angeles

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Hello guys this is another shot during these last storms that are passing through Los Angeles. My question is one opinion about the photo processing.
Do you guys think the intensity of the sun is too high or if I should decrease saturation and luminosity in the sun area.


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Great image Carlos I love the tones in the rooster tail of the wave and the rocks. The saturation and the luminosity in the sun seem ok to me since it is inherently bright. The one thing that sticks out for me is the one ray from the sun leading into the rocks that stands out a bit too much from the rest of the image. I would try to clone some of it out to keep it in line with the rest of the rays coming from the top of the sun.

Thanks man . I will work on it. I agree that is kind of distracting

Excellent image. The one ray does not cause me any concern. I notice all but one of the cormorants are looking at the sun except one that appears to be wondering who let that gull onto their rock. Again, excellent.

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A really striking shot. Love the rich colors and wave action. I would also loose the one isolated ray.

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Thanks for the input!

Thank you. I am glad you liked it

This is a very dramatic image Carlos, it has a lot of impact for me. The shutter speed was right on the money for capturing nice wave action. The waves and surf here are spectacular. You did an outstanding job processing this as well, you were really able to capture that exquisite light in processing. Regarding your question on the saturation/luminosity level near the sun, I think it looks natural to me. I brought this into Photoshop, to try to reduce the yellow saturation in a targeted way using TK Saturation masks, but I wasn’t able to do so in a pleasing way, I like it better as you have presented it.


Beautiful and dramatic seascape. Love the light striking the rock and the composition works perfectly with the line of the wave connecting the setting sun and the rocks. The perched birds are an added bonus.

I don’t mind that single ray coming down - I kinda like the bending of the light too (probably a lens distortion rather than real bending of the light…) However, I would agree with other comments and tone down the yellow/saturation. The brightness is usually acceptable given the sun is directly in the frame (remember burning holes in paper with magnifying glasses?) :wink:

I think just a fine color/sat adjustment and this will be awesome.


I just wanted to say that i think it’s masterfully post processed. You handled the tones and luminosity incredibly well.

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Love it Carlos; I just wish I had taken it.

I think the processing works perfect for my tastes; I wouldn’t change it. I would leave that sun ray, but agree that dropping it’s luminosity to better match the others would be a good thing to do.

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Thanks everybody for the input. I am glad that you overall liked it.

I love this image. The light, the composition, everything. I especially love the birds, so I experimented with your photo and lightened the adjoining rock to draw the eye there. Just a minor nit. It’s fabulous as is.

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