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smac Jul 22, 2007 1:13 PM

Just returned from a nice stay at the Asilomar conference facility in Pacific Grove just below Monterey. My wife had a conference to attend and I went along to play. The weather was exceptionally cooperative. Here are a few shots from that trip.

The boardwalk along the beach

The fog rolling in from the ocean

It may not look like it but, these three dogs were having the best time playing in the surf.

bahadir Jul 22, 2007 2:46 PM

Steve, it's a joy to see the neat picures you shot, enhanced byappealing colours!

Guessthe three excited dogs were cooperative as well :G

smac Jul 22, 2007 6:03 PM

Thank you, it was quite a pretty afternoon.

z0rk Jul 27, 2007 12:21 AM

Hey Smac (is it steve? I dont want to be inpolite),

I am a semi newbie to the world of DSLR photography and I am headed out to the beach in just about a week. Would you care to share your technique in these photos. Any filters? What were your settings? Any tips for capturing the essence of the beach? I particularly like the way you have captured the color and tone of the water.

I'll be in north carolina where it is hopefully sunny.

smac Jul 27, 2007 1:19 AM

Please, call me Steve.
I was using a Nikon D80 with the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. Each DSLR (Canon, Nikon, Olympus, etc) has it's own little quirky characteristics when it comes to shooting and exposure. But, all can be fine tuned to suit your preferences. I like bright saturated color so I set my camera for More Vivid color and the mode to IIIa color mode.
Obviously the lighting conditions will play a big roll in how much color you can capture in the reflection of the water. I was lucky and had a nice blue sky and good sun. I didn't do too much in post processing. I adjusted someof the levels and brought out some detail in the shadowed areas ( mostly in the dogs photo). I hope you have plenty of opportunity to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. That's the best way to learn. The D80 also has a three color histogram which really helps with exposure. I also learned that on the D80 you often need to compensate the exposure with a EV -.7. If you are using another DLSR then you will have to discover the quirks of your camera on your own or by reading reviews by others.
Good luck and have a great vacation,

Gisli Jul 27, 2007 6:49 AM

Wery nice pictures love the colors.


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