Ocean Sunset

Ocean Sunset, photo by Harold Davis. Click here to see a larger size.

Meta information: Nikon D70 Raw capture, AF-S VR-Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED at 200mm (appx 300mm 35mm equivalence); handheld using VR (vibration reduction).

Exif: ISO 200, 1/2000 second, f/5.6.

Focus: Automatic, at infinity.

Post: Considerable post-processing in Photoshop; see below.

I took this picture from the forts of the Marin Headlands this evening when I was exploring the area around Point Bonita Lighthouse with Julian.

The Raw file for the photo was processed three times (once for the ocean, once for the cloud zone, and once for the sky above and below the clouds) and combined using layer masks and gradients.

Once the three layers were combined, the final step was to perform routine level adjustments and sharpening.

There’s nothing more romantic, I think, than a beautiful sunset over the ocean–especially nifty on this fog-bound coast (the Pacific near San Francisco has more days of fog per year than any coastal area of the United States except parts of the state of Maine).

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