Sunset in Costa Rica

When I’m not photographing kids, teens, families, and business professionals in the Bay Area, I’m often traveling or dreaming of travel, especially road trips. During holiday break, I was in Costa Rica with my family. I didn’t do a lot of photography, surprisingly, and really only worked one scene, and even then I was a bit rushed. Still, I like the result well enough to share the image. It’s one exposure only. I desaturated all color channels except yellow, because the reds, blues, and magentas were simply too vibrant for my taste. I did some dodging and burning with luminosity masks, sharpened a few of the boulders, and created an Orton Effect in the highlights. In retrospect, I wish I’d blended two or maybe even three exposures for improved sharpness in the boulders, front to back. Next time!

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End of the year.
We were in Half Moon Bay.
If you squint, you can see my family.
They’re exploring the sea wall,
Which separates the ocean from the harbor.
I was rapt by the setting sun.
But when I saw the fisherman cast,
I knew I had my shot.
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Conceptually speaking.
And I like it a lot.
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