Lately I've been drawn to photographs that have a three-dimensional feel to them. A photo that has a close foreground, middle ground, and background all with leading lines that draw the viewer through the picture. It was just last night visiting one of my favorite beaches in hawaii that I noticed the tide splashing up between two large boulders on the beach. I've passed up taking a photo of this subject in the past as there are many other spectacular compositions to grab at this location. But last night I noticed that the sunset would be setting down in the ocean right between the two rocks.
Immediately the first composition that came to mind was to position the camera dead center between the rocks facing out toward the sunset and slow the shutter speed to capture the incoming waves rushing up to the camera. But as I studied the landscape more I decided that I was craving more depth. It was then that I noticed the little shelf, the angle of the sand and incoming waves, and decided to include the background beach and trees that were behind the rock on the side of the frame.
I wanted to capture the scene in front of me using current technology at its best. So I decided to grab three separate exposures. One exposure with a ND filter to grab some motion blur in the sky. The other two were to capture the water with the effect with shutter speed, and the another to show all of the detail in the enormous rocks that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to recover from the shadows (for my liking). That being said, the three photos were twenty minutes apart and took just over an hour waiting to capture. Then I spent another hour or so in post bringing the image to life. Hope you enjoyed!