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Morning Walk in Mendocino

Hi, I'm Nicole Roberts. I'm a web designer by occupation but do photography, art and dance the rest of the time. I find art for arts sake and creative work are both necessary to keep the other alive in different ways. See me at nicolerobertscreative.com and @nicolerobertscreative on Instagram and @nrcreative on Pintrest. 

In Mendocino over Valentines day with my sweetheart I started my walk at dawn wanting a really nice coastal shot but discovered so many other scenes and details as I continued. The coastal landscape was nice but other images I didn't plan offered more interest.   This was my favorite coastal shot. I loved the profile of the tree but wish you could see it more.

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I was shooting with a Nikon D90 and my iphone was full. I think this shot (above) might be better without the lens flare but I could not figure out how to get rid of it. Only editing for these photos is a little auto-tone in photoshop and some other minor adjustments. 

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I loved the backlighting on the dirt (above). There were so many trails criss-crossing I really got the feeling of meandering and wandering.  It was a series of simple choices that are simple and uncomplicated. Birds invaded almost every shot which gave me a feeling of company. 

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I loved this crow who only was still for a moment.  The texture in his blue-black feathers is beautiful but I wish I got his feet in the frame and some foreground for a better overall composition. If the subject the "trail" or the "coast" then the bird might not fit in the story... or is he the perfect detail? Not sure. 

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This was the trail combined with the coast and fog and sky. I wish the clouds were a little darker and more defined and the lens flare wasn't there but the feeling was there. It was a little exciting walking so close to the edge. 

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I wanted to capture the fog.  It was so eerie and magical. The black rocks help draw the eye up I think. It also shows the trail going out to the tip. I wish I had a tiny walker out there on the end to show the scale of the cliffs.

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And this is my favorite shot of the day. I shared this in the community area. I had crossed paths with this guy packing his sleeping bag back on the beach earlier. I liked the feel of seeing his wild spirit at the start of his day. 

I shot these before I listened to the class videos but I really became more aware of what I was doing on the shoot after I listed to Russ talk about his process.  I'll have to come back and post my next shoot and see how it develops. I feel like I just started scratching the surface. I want to make the images more engaging. I love portraiture. I might need to look for an interesting subject.

- Nicole

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