She Called Me To The Ocean

The beautifully colored layers of rock on the coast of Maine. Bailey Island is full of great spots to witness the ocean and land converging in the most dramatic ways. My favorite that I witnessed during our trip out there was along The Giants Stairs Trail. You can climb out onto the rocks (depending on the conditions) and get as close to the ocean waves as you dare. I took about three trips to this spot.

Layers in the rock formation at Giant's Stairs - Bailey Island - Harpswell, Maine


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 14mm Focal Length, 1/20 sec @ f/22 and ISO 100

Processing: As I almost always do, I took six bracketed images for this scene. In the end, this scene was captured quite well in the base exposure. I was able to get some detail in the sky and I also had lots of great color and detail in the rocks, so I scrapped the other exposures. Lightroom handled the highlight recovery and some contrast. Then, on to Color EFX Pro for some color correction and added contrast. Noise was minimal, so I did not have to use anything more than a slight adjustment in Lightroom. The one added element here is the fogginess on the left side. I thought there was too much contrast across the board and I really wanted all the contrast to be focused on the rocks. I used Color EFX Pro’s graduated Fog Filter, tweaked to just the areas I wanted to tone down. I think it helps with the overall mood of the image as well.