Delta Lake State Park
Yesterday was a short work day. My company offers summer hours which allows us to work four, nine hour days and then only have to work four hours on Friday. With this being a long weekend, and it was a very long week for me in which I had unintentionally worked nine-plus hours all week, I allowed myself to take advantage of the summer hours offer. It isn’t something I regularly participate in but I needed it this week.
Of course, I never did mention to Mother Nature that this was my plan so she decided to hit us with a little rain in the afternoon. It was OK with me though, I did some reading and I am not afraid to say I took a cat nap too! By the time dinner rolled around I was ready to go again.
We actually had a tornado watch in affect most of the evening up until 9:30pm. As far as I know a tornado never did make an appearance. With me being the adventurous kind (not really) I decided to catch the sunset but chose to stay close to home for my exploration. I drove to Delta Lake State Park as the clouds started to roll in. The earlier rain had basically cleared the beach area and I found I had the sunset to myself. I was running back and forth along the beach capturing images for over an hour. It was a good way to end my work week!
I found an interesting composition which included a small, water filled depression in the sand. I aligned myself with this small water pool and the setting sun which created a very nice line of highlights. By including the sun I had to be careful about lens flare and as you can see in the first image I wasn’t able to remove it all with camera orientation. I ended up using my ‘finger blocking the sun’ trick to get a second image without the flare and used Photoshop to combine the two images.
After processing the image I felt there was empty space on the left which was not adding anything to the composition. I regretted not turning the camera into a portrait orientation while I was at the beach. It is a practice I typically follow but in my enthusiasm over the empty beach I forgot. I decided I still liked this image but needed to change the orientation through a drastic crop in Photoshop. I basically threw away over a third of the pixels I had captured but the end result is the image I wanted to have.