While visiting my sister in Maui, I looked at the pictures on her walls and loved the beautiful vistas she had shot and edited personally. Her family could be seen in the distance. It seemed more like a visceral memory than portrait or a landscape. I strove to mimic that the next time I went to the beach. It happened to be with my other sister –who was visiting from Utah with her son and my mom. It was the end of the day, but the kids were loving the water, especially my nephew. It was his first time to see the ocean, and his laughter could be heard wafting over the white surf. I hope these pictures have a certain feeling – different from my other pictures. Perhaps it’s just a quiet moment in time in a place that is important to me.
It had been a week of thunderstorms, but the morning I met Susan and Ron at the beach, it was the perfect morning with pink wispy clouds. Susan and Ron had just celebrated their 29th anniversary. It was nice photographing a couple so comfortably in love.
Just a glimpse of the editing that takes place after the photo session, here is the original image juxtaposed with the final image:
I wanted to bring out the pink of the clouds, so I did a layer where I just exposed for sky. Another layer was exposed for the foreground. Finally, I took out the yellow ropes so we could focus more on our subjects. Also, I warmed up the coloring so the skin tone looked more alive.
Here’s one more:
Again, I added more warmth to the coloring of the picture and tweaked exposure for sky and foreground separately. I also took out the two swimmers in the back. It’s good to preserve the illusion that they are alone on the beach. I did like the two seagulls in the background because it mirrored our couple.
What a fun experience with two beautiful people! I’d gladly go to the beach at the crack of dawn any day.