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Jagged Dreams by wafox Jagged Dreams by wafox
This is taken north of Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. I really love the interesting lava rock formations of the island. It's like watching a constant fight between the land and sea. The sea eventually wins but the land holds its own for thousands of years. Now that's drama!

This was a interesting hike out to this location. It's not very far from the sandy beach which is like 400 yards behind me and to the north but it's very broken and rough lava rock. The tide was low or it would not have been possible to get out this far. It was wet, slippery and footing was very tricky and difficult. I almost slipped a few times and then when I got out there, in my zeal, I set up a bit to close and was almost knocked into a huge tide pool when a wave nailed me about knee high. There was spray all over my filters as well so I had to keep dabbing that off to.

As soon as I got set up in my new spot I was ready to wait for a great sunset. That's when this scene presented itself. I thought a faster shutter would work better but wanted to get a little movement so I hit the shutter right as a nice wave hit the rocks in front of me for the first exposure.

This is actually 2 images put together in CS2. I use a Cokin P series filter set and with my wide angle lens I can only hold 1 filter at a time at 10mm. The light difference from the rocks and the sky was about a good 12+ stops. The strongest ND grad I had was 4 stops. I took 2 shots. the first I used the 4 stop nd grad over the water and used a spot meter off the rocks. The 2nd shot was spot metered from the blue sky. I then used Photoshop and put them each on a layer and used a heavy feathered mask to make the single exposure. Add in some other adj layers and presto.

Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome!
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roxy932211 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Amazing shots :eyepopping: :jawdrop:
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FaMz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow the textures and atmosphere are dramatic, lovely tones :)
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starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007   Photographer
Wow! The detail and lighting of this is amazing!
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K23GJ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
this one speaks to me. it says
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get outta LA and take ur camera!
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wafox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
:) That's a good effect then! I've been to LA twice in my life. I don't plan on ever going back.
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K23GJ Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
ahaha!!..im sry to hear. was it a bad experience?
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:iconwafox:
wafox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
to many crazy people living way to close to each other IMO.
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:iconk23gj:
K23GJ Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
ahahahaahahahaha!...hey!
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:iconwafox:
wafox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
;)
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BurningPaperSun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
That's pretty amazing. :D
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dEivIDmx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Professional Photographer
ASTONISHING.

I cannot say more about such a great photo.
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wafox Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
:)
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reluctantmuse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Breathtaking!!! Wonderful, work. Bravo!
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Henny-vR Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007   Photographer
Those beautifull clear colours are amazing. The rough sea looks very nice too. Just a very nice shot! :+fav:
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MatiasPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
OMG!! :O this photo rocks!
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:iconwafox:
wafox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Thanks! :highfive:
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
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great shot, nicelly composed
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ArtificialSkies Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
i love this pic.... great work!
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shuttermonkey Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
stunnign sunset and the light peeking through the clouds is great ...
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007   Photographer
This is really beautiful!!
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ericthom57 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful...very dramatic photo. The balance between and and water is superb! Nicely done!!!
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Chuckskull Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
Excellent shot, the textures, light, colours, all spot on :+fav:
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YoungKwak Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
Gorgeous light :)
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Thanks! :boogie:
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XgAD Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Wow, insane. I've never seen such a gorgeous shot of Hawaii... :+fav::wow:
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Gee thanks! :manhug:
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Elitany Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
:clap:
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1Monsterblood1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Wonderful!
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utopic-man Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
I love this photo :) very beautiful :clap:

:+fav:
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reckinyards Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
I have no idea what youre saying in your last paragraph, but this is an awesome picture. Sorry im a camera noob :D
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Basically what I'm saying is I used a tripod and took 2 pictures of the same scene. In the first I adjusted the camera to take a picture of the foreground. The 2nd was to take a picture of the sky. I then blended them in the computer.

I could not just take 1 picture because if I adjusted the camera for the foreground rocks the sky was just all white (to much light). If I adjusted it to make the sky look like it did when I was taking the picture the rocks were so black you could not see them at all.

Normally what I would do is use what's called a ND filter (neutral density filter). It's a square glass or plastic filter that you put in a holder. The holder hangs off the front of the lens. A ND filter is colored on only half the filter so you position it over the brighter areas of a scene. This allows you to block down the light a bit and get an even picture.

They come in different strengths (the darker it is the more light it blocks). even with a 4 stop (a very dark one) I could not block out enough light from the sky to get the rocks to look right. I needed to use 2 filters but my setup only lets me use one so I took 2 pictures instead.

Your probably even more confused now. PM me if you want a better explanation.
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reckinyards Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
No thats a good explanation, I think im going to try get into a little more advanced photography. Thanks!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
This is my favourite of the two, the faster speed works better, and there is gorgeous light here.
It's nicely composed and the sky is great.

I reckon it's time to invest in bigger filters. Most digital cameras have a range of 5-6 stops of exposure in any given scene, then an additional couple of filters would have given you the range to shoot this in one take.

Lovely work though. Nice shot
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Ya, I really hate having to stitch it. those Lee Z filters look sweet. Thanks for the comments, always appreciated!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
The great thing about the Cokin Z series is that they also fit Lee filters. Cokin ZPro are nice, and all my soft grads are Cokin, but Cokin don't make hard grads, which are a lot more useful for water scapes (and also feel stronger somehow). The Lee filters I've bought are really impressive. Thicker, stronger and more resiliant, as well as better optically.
I'm happy with a mix of both. And the Cokin holder is great. You can use 3 filters at 10mm, or 2 filters with the ND400 screwed in
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
You can hold 2 with the ND400 on at 10mm? thats sweet. I'm sold! ....... I just looked up the cost of the Lee filters. Holy... Which ones does the Z holder filt? The 4x4, 4x6 or 6x6?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Oh goodness...you Americans with your feet and inches....can't you get with the rest of the world ;-)

Cokin ZPro are 100mm wide (perhaps the 6 inch ones) and so you want the Lee 100mm filters...the grads are all about 130mm long...but it's only the width that matters. Cokin ZPro will fit all 100mm wide filters in the holder.
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Hey I'd love to. Feet, inches and miles are about as silly as it gets. The site I was looking at only lists them in inches but now I know 100mm wide. perfect! ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
:D
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The-name1ess Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
great photo and lovely contrast in the clouds... love that patch of blue sky, looks awsome :D
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed it. I almost broke my neck getting out to these rocks but it was worth it!
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The-name1ess Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
lol it sure was :P
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punk-godess Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007   Photographer
its beautiful. i love the colours
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brueni Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
This is f***ing AWESOME! Congraz! :+fav:
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
:bow:
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dj-designs Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
:lick:
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wafox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
:boogie:
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foolishsunsets Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it's completely gorgeous! :+fav:
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faith5starz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
hi! congratulations 4 your picture! I love it *_*
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D80
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1/25 second
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F/11.0
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10 mm
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100
Date Taken
Jun 24, 2007, 6:24:22 PM
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