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“A completely unedited shot? No way!” Way, dude. :-O Here is the blurb I posted with the image in Sacramento Nature/Event Photography.
This unedited shot of Mare Island’s sunset at 7:39pm of April 16th, 2011 came from a Nikon D90, a Nikkor 18-105mm lens, and a #4 neutral density filter. After that, here are the details: Exposure: 1/125, f/stop: f/18, ISO 200 (Baseline for D90’s). The exposure bias: -5 steps, focal length 42mm, Metering mode: spot. As for Nikon Creative onboard editing: none. Shot on full manual. The cool part was the strategic tip suggested by another group member: change the white balance “incorrectly” to florescent and make the blues and purples pop out. Even this colourblind guy can see “this tip made the trip” for my growth as a photographer. I thank her (and I hope she offers her name as I was hiding under a hooded jacket during the Mosquito’s Movable Feast) most sincerely!
Mare Island is a fascinating place on the coast of the Western United States, where it meets the eastern Pacific Ocean (POV, I guess) in California. Not all that truly a “natural island”, it was a strategic location in military operations since The Civil War and is now decommissioned. Pieces of history there are priceless, some of it decayed to the point of dilapidation, some restored to former glory, some fabulous beyond all compare. The mansions are… There are no words for them, partly because I was so lost getting there that I was too late to go in and see them myself. And partly because of the incredible photographs you’ll see if you follow the link to the Meet-Up Group who took this dayhike. $10, combo walking/hiking shoes, layers of clothing (It can go from tanktop to thermal underwear weather in a heartbeat, with the wind whistling your earhairs), and at least 8 hours if you’re a photographer. 7 hours and 55 minutes will probably be too short if you’re NOT shooting.
“Three snaps up and a twist! Loved it!”
This piece was featured in ImageWriting group. I’m admittedly proud of the photography. Now I’m “feelin’ da luv” for the writing, too. I sincerely thank you, moderators!