Moose Peterson, Bandon Beach
It started out being overcast. Standing on the bluff overlooking the beach, I wondered if venturing down the cliff was even worth the walk. I thought, “What the hey…” and down I went. The beach is wide and flat, and at low tide, it becomes a giant mirror that just invites the wide-angle lens.
I was shooting with the Nikon 14-24 AF-S and D3x body, and capturing the reflections required getting down low. I would be walking backwards with wet knees and a soggy rear end, but after all was said and done, the photos would be worth it. As it turned out, the overcast sky started to break as the sun was heading west. Then I searched for a stretch of beach with the most water for the biggest reflection.
With that, pointing the lens low to maximize foreground and the reflection was the key to composition, as was including a couple of sea stacks in the frame for visual depth. Finishing was simply done in Photoshop ACR, with the key bringing down the Blacks and Highlight slider. The only credit I can take for the photo was walking down the cliff; Mother Nature did all the heavy lifting!
- Aperture Priority
- Matrix Metering f/2.8
- -.05 exp comp
About Moose Peterson: His true passion has always been, and remains, photographing the life history of our endangered wildlife and wild places. Since 1981 he and his wife, Sharon, have dedicated their lives to this pursuit. In recent years Peterson has added aviation photography to his pursuits, with the same goal of preserving our flying history, pictorial and oral, for future generations. He shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in more than 133 magazines worldwide, and is the author of 28 books including his latest, Photographic FUNdamentals, Taking Flight, and bestseller Captured. He lectures across the country to thousands of photographers every year.