Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dylan on the beach

Late afternoon is a personal favorite time of day for me to photograph. The light turns golden and gives a warmth to everything it touches, unlike at mid-day when colors are at their brightest and the shadows are deepest.

Late Sunday afternoon the group of us that rented a vacation house at Dewey Beach for the Columbus Day weekend were enjoying our last full day on the beach before heading for home. I spied Dylan sitting on the beach and looking over his shoulder. I took several snaps and hoped I got something decent. This is one of those pictures:


After I got home it sat unprocessed for a couple of months. When I finally got around and worked on it I straightened the horizon, cloned away his leash, added a graduated filter along the top to darken the sky a bit, and upped the vibrance and clarity. It wasn't until I looked closer afterwards that I noticed I hadn't even gotten his face in focus. Although this is a wide-angle shot and he isn't too blurry as opposed to the waves behind him, I'm annoyed that I thought I had him in focus but apparently I didn't.

I will get a better picture of you, Dylan. I promise.

(Shot with the Nikon D300 using the 18-200mm zoom at 31mm; shutter-priority with shutter speed set at 1/1000 second; camera set aperture to f/5.6 at ISO 400; matrix-metered; daylight white balance; normal JPG.)


  1. It's a great picture. He looks so calm, happy and relaxed.

  2. Ha ha ha! I hate when that happens, although to be honest, I can't tell that it's not in focus as first glance and most people probably wouldn't look close enough to be able to tell that it's not. There's all that distracting beautiful sand and surf to gaze at behind the gorgeous dog!

  3. whenever i think i'm going to do some sharpening, i always zoom in to full size to more easily see the before-and-after effects. that's how i saw that dylan was blurry but the waves behind him were sharp.

  4. Focusing on the eyes is always my biggest concern. But hard to tell on this wide angle shot without blowing it up. Great composition.

  5. I love this picture. The feeling I get from it is so relaxing. I think it's perfect.

  6. Penny for your thoughts Dylan.
    Great picture.