Rocky Beach and Inukshuk at Dusk

Rocky Beach and Inukshuk at Dusk - student project

Rocky Beach and Inukshuk at Dusk - image 1 - student project

I took this photo a while ago - it features the same rocky beach that I used for the twilight photos in the class.  This was taken with a Canon 5D MkII and a 20mm lens.  I really love working with this location at dusk because the colors are usually pretty interesting.

I like using ultra wide angle lenses (ie 20mm and less) for landscape photography - as long as there is something interesting to look at in the foreground - which is why I built the inukshuk.  I like the composition in this photo because the line of the shoreline leads to the horizon line which leads back to the inukshuk.

I didn't use a filter for this photo - it was pretty dark to the eye when I took this so there isn't much glare on the water (although a polarizer would have still helped).  It was taken at a small aperature f/22 I believe - as you can see the foreground to the background is in sharp focus.  The shutter speed was a few seconds to keep the water perfectly still.

The finished image was processed in Lightroom to bring out more subtle colors and increase the impression of the texture and contrast in the stones. 

I also balanced the exposure -darkening the right side of the frame with the gradient tool in Lightroom to help with the composition.  (We'll cover post processing in depth in a follow up calss).

In hindsight, I should have used a soft graduated neutral density filter to do this in camera - it would have had a more natural look.

What do you think?  What did I do well?  What could be improved?

Leave your honest critique below!

JP Danko

Commercial Photographer