Pic of the Week_Rock Pool #1_Cape Schanck

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/100 second @ f11 ISO 100

I recently conducted a 2-session private class with 2 gals from the Mornington Peninsula around a 1½-hour drive from my place in Clifton Springs. We had a great time covering camera and photography fundamentals, macro and landscape photography.

The final half of our second session brought us to Cape Schanck National Park. We walked down from the cliff tops, near the lighthouse car park, following the edge of the cape to a rocky beach and beyond to a series of fascinating rock pools by the seashore.

What a wonderful time! We were there during the middle of the day and, while the strong, hard light produced some problems, it was great to be out and about by the sea, on a warm, clear sky day.

The bright light produced a fairly flat light that reflected a lot of color and texture off the water and rocks. To reduce the problem l employed a polarising filter. Yet I couldn’t help but think how much more beautiful the location would have been at the end of the day.

After initial processing of the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom 2 I decided that a black-and-white rendering was appropriate. This effect was achieved in Lightroom 2 and that’s where the journey halted for the next week or so.

I revisited the image today and, after a fair bit of playing around, came up with a technique that enabled me to produce a result with which l am very happy. I’m being careful not to claim that l invented the technique in question. I’ve been around long enough to understand that pretty much everything has been done before. But whether one or one thousand other people have stumbled across the same technique isn’t really the point. What’s important is that I now have another technique by which to make great images, even when the original shot was made under light that, while nice and warm, may not be ideal for the making of classic landscape photographs.

Final image enhancement was achieved in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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