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Old May 27, 2006, 2:15 AM   #1
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This piece of driftwood managed to avoid being scooped up by beachcombers. The silvery surface of the ocean due to the mid-day sun is deliberately harsh but it also provides very sharp edges to the shadows cast by the dirftwood.


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Old May 27, 2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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You know, Selvin, I am beginning to wonder if the sun reflecting on the water really counts as a reflection. I have said yes on other photos, so I guess I can't change midstream!!

Nice composition. The highlights are blown out a bit, but the dritwood and shadow are perfect. There are two ways to fix this problem. One is a split neutral density filter to reduce the brightness of the water. The second is some careful editing in your photo editor. Unfortunately, in digital photos, once the highlights are blown, there is no way to get them back. That is one advantage of film. Blown highlights on film can often be fixed in the darkroom.

Anyway, I really like this shot. You might try cropping some of the white water out to place more emphasis on the abstract form of the driftwood.

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Old May 27, 2006, 12:00 PM   #3
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Cal,

Thanks fo the tip. I will actually try and get back to the original shot and see exactly what is there. I kknow I did some manipulation to get the color of the sand just right and wasn't evene paying any attention to the highlights at the time.

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