by Kerry Drager
A lineup of rental ocean kayaks caught my attention the other day — for two very good reasons:
1) Color contrast: Check out the warm tones (mostly yellows) vs. the cool greens.
2) Graphic design: Lines and patterns were the attractions here. Also, I slanted the camera slightly to make the already strong lines even stronger — as diagonals.
With my telephoto zoom lens, I zeroed in tight on the best parts of the scene, while leaving out surrounding distractions (see the overall view below). A tripod, by the way, let me frame my composition precisely (no need for post-cropping!), while also letting me get a deep depth of field (via f/22 for maximum front-to-back sharpness) and use a low ISO (100) for the best in image quality.
As always, lighting was just as important as subject. Here, the light was just right — soft and diffused from an overcast sky.
More Info: Photographed at San Simeon Cove, William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach, California Central Coast. Nikon D4. F/22 @ 1/6th second. 100 ISO. 70-300mm zoom lens set at 170mm. Tripod.
By the way, here’s a “before” image that shows the overall view:
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