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This is one of my first shots of the new year from Huntington Beach in Southern California. It was one of those times where it was an unexpected sunset. I was down at the beach to run and checking the webcams before I got there showed no clouds at all, so my intention was that I wouldn't shoot the sunset. But like always, I grab a camera to go with just in case. I went light with just the D800 and the 14-24mm with tripod and remote release. I left the rest of the gear at home. Now at the beach as I was on my return loop from running, I noticed that there were clouds that kept building and building. Totally unexpected, but totally exciting!

I rushed back to my Jeep and grabbed my gear and got down to the water just as the sun was setting. My main intention was to work the reflections of the cool cloud formations when this surfer rushed by at just the right time. With processing, I didn't push the saturation, that came naturally from the contrast adjustment. And while this might be a bit more vibrant than I might normally process, it seems to work for me.

All comments are welcome,

Jim

** Edit ** I must have too many camera combo's. This was actually shot with the Nikon D600 and the 16-35mm.






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Jan 16, 2014 at 01:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The Unexpected Sunset


Jim,
The stuff of post cards!
Hmm, that's supposed to be a compliment.
The inclusion of the surfer completes it..
Dan



Jan 16, 2014 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · The Unexpected Sunset


Hi Jim,

Love the cloud reflection on the wet beach. Colorful and great shot.



Jan 16, 2014 at 01:27 AM
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Jim... pretty awesome. Am digging the little birdie too


Jan 16, 2014 at 01:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · The Unexpected Sunset


Doesn't get much better than that! Really does look like a post-card.


Jan 16, 2014 at 01:50 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The Unexpected Sunset


Beautiful cloud and reflection.


Jan 16, 2014 at 01:59 AM
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Schwiiing!


Jan 16, 2014 at 02:04 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The Unexpected Sunset


Breath-taking Jim.
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Jan 16, 2014 at 02:12 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · The Unexpected Sunset


nice! love it!



Jan 16, 2014 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The Unexpected Sunset


Sweet shot.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · The Unexpected Sunset


hah and oh man you even have the single little bird like a mini living mirroring shadow of the surfer too!


fantastic



Jan 16, 2014 at 02:15 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · The Unexpected Sunset


That's quite a shot. Way to be in the right place at the right time, and then make it pay off. Everything about this image is fantastic!!!

Kelly



Jan 16, 2014 at 02:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · The Unexpected Sunset


The cloud reflection in the foreground really puts this one over the top. Congratulations for being prepared.

Dave



Jan 16, 2014 at 03:15 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · The Unexpected Sunset


Love it!
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Jan 16, 2014 at 03:23 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · The Unexpected Sunset


This works for me too.

In all honesty, my initial reaction was "Wow, thats a beautiful sunset shot, but that surfer gotta go". But, after taking the whole scene in, the surfer really fits in very well with the reflection, his position and the direction he is running.




Jan 16, 2014 at 03:41 AM
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Outstanding


Jan 16, 2014 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · The Unexpected Sunset


Sometimes things just come together! This is one of those! Great shot!


Jan 16, 2014 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · The Unexpected Sunset


Excellent and lucky shot Jim!
But luck favors the prepared, as they say!

I like the little details, the water splash from the surfers trot, the little bird...



Jan 16, 2014 at 04:26 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · The Unexpected Sunset


love the gull, well done


Jan 16, 2014 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · The Unexpected Sunset


Pretty cool image Jim! Like that running surfer and bird with that nice sunset. That surfer would probably pay a princely sum for this image if you can track him down.


Jan 16, 2014 at 05:48 AM
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