Teardrop Of Sky

Uploaded: January 18, 2011 15:03:36


Chip Phillips and I arrived for our recent Photo Cascadia meeting in Bandon early enough on Friday night to catch the late light on the beach. The tide was out, the sky was beautiful and the light was just magical. The small pools on the beach were so reflective that they gave the impression you were peering into another universe. I call this one "Teardrop Of Sky". It took blending three exposures to contain the dynamic range in the area of sky around the sun. The light everywhere else in the scene was gorgeously well balanced in a single capture thanks to diffusion from the cloud layer.

Exif: F Number: 18, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/4 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 16.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Kristen D. Collins January 18, 2011

Very beautiful composition. I love the reflection in the teardrop. #1345245

Glenn E. Traver February 01, 2011

Well composed Sean, very pleasing to the eye ~ GT #9207079

Mike R. Howe February 08, 2011

Beautiful image,Sean!!! #9222031

Mary K. Robison February 15, 2011

Marvelous scene, and perfect blending, Sean ---
A no-brainer as a selection for POTD! CONGRATULATIONS! #9241495

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 15, 2011

Beautiful....Congratulations on your POTD! #9241572

Mary Timman February 15, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous and such a great perspective! Congratulations on POTD! #9241586

Patti Coblentz February 15, 2011

Exquisite light and scene, Sean...your interpretation works beautifully. Congratulations on your POTD! #9241597

Joy Rector February 15, 2011

congrats on the POTD #9241622

Richard M. Waas February 15, 2011

Sean, Congrats on a well deserve POTD!! Your composition is fabulous, great job......... #9241672

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic February 15, 2011

on your very deserving POTD! 8o) #9241683

G .G. Leger February 15, 2011

How awesome is this shot! Well deserving
and great eye for photography! Be Blessed! #9241696

Karen Celella February 15, 2011

Congratulations on your gorgeous POTD, Sean. #9241705

Katarina Mansson February 15, 2011

Outstanding composition, light, tones and details. Congratulations on your beautiful POTD! #9241709

Anna Diederich February 15, 2011

Congrats on your POTD! It's stunning! #9241710

Bunny Snow February 15, 2011

You have the eye of the photographer with your envisioning and composure of the scene, capture of the exquisite lighting and tonality, and perfect blending. The details are magnificent.
Well done, Sean. Congratulations on your POTD! #9241748

Ian Downey February 15, 2011

Absolutely beautiful and my congratulations on your POTD. Only wish I could claim I had taken it. #9241752

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 15, 2011

An amazingly beautiful scene!
Congratulations on your POTD!
~♥~lisa #9241772

Susan D. Royce level-classic February 15, 2011

Wow - fantastic!! Congrats on your POTD. #9241799

Anthony L. Mancuso February 15, 2011

Stunning image and excellent description Sean, congrats on your POTD! #9241900

Tammy Espino February 15, 2011

Congrats on this beautiful potd :) #9241915

Robert Jensen February 15, 2011

superb capture Sean #9241994

Jeffrey R. Bange February 15, 2011

Congratulations on a most beautiful and well deserving POTD. #9242025

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 15, 2011

Absolutely awesome Sean! Congrats on your POTD, surely we will see gold on this one later...

jo ann c. #9242053

John A. Patton February 15, 2011

Well deserved POTD - this is an outstanding capture - well done and congratulations.

John #9242065

Shawn Jennings February 15, 2011

Fantastic image, Sean! Congratulations on your POTD! #9242079

Millie A. Talarico level-classic February 15, 2011

Breathtaking POTD,Sean!! #9242081

Joyce Rose February 15, 2011

This image is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Sean! #9242093

Susana Ms Heide February 15, 2011

Nothing short of PERFECTION in every detail!! GORGEOUS reflections!! Congrats Sean on your POTD!! #9242104

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 15, 2011

A joy to watch this image and then close the eyes to behold in one's imagination. Thanks to you, Sean. You just took me with you. CONGRATZ on the POTD Award, I am sure there are more such accolades waiting for this stunning capture. FAVED.

UB. #9242127

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 15, 2011

Truly incredible Sean. Eye catching work, so magical! Congratulations on your POTD! #9242206

Dianna Murphy February 15, 2011

Beautifully done. congrats on the POTD. #9242207

Bill Houghton February 15, 2011

Sean, this is such a beautiful scene. You have captured it well. Congratulations on your POTD. Bill

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Pamela Koch February 15, 2011

Sean, Congratulations on this captivating POTD. #9242285

Carolyn Morgan February 15, 2011

Somehow I missed seeing this fantastic image until this morning. The composition, light and blending have some together to create visual music. Wow! #9242340

Lisa B. North February 15, 2011

WOWEE!!!! This is a keeper! Just spectacular! I'd love to have this hanging on my wall! Really inspiring. Congrats on the POTD. #9242367

Paul D. February 15, 2011

Superb shot, Sean. The color and tone and most importntly the vision of what you were after are spot on. And you worked the FG/MG/BG just right IMO, truly gives me the feeling of when I've stood there at the Coast. My only nit (a small one) is that my eye sort of aches to see a little more left of the scene (yikes, this isn't NPN, am I allowed to say that??), but it's not a showstopper, this is a gorgeous image. Man, I bet it would look superb in a huge print. Congrats on the POTD! #9242435

Sean Bagshaw February 15, 2011

Thanks for all the great comments. I'm glad this image resonates with so many. I visit this beach often and this day was one of the most beautiful I have experienced.

Paul - Much appreciated critique. I totally agree and was trying to do just that at the time. Unfortunately there were some distracting rocks to the left and the shape of the pool over there became a detractor. The landscape loves to toy with us :-) #9242467

Shirley A. Kinney February 15, 2011

Awesome capture, Sean. So well composed. Congratulations on your POTD. #9242570

Eli Boschetto February 15, 2011

beautiful color, comp, lighting! congrats on the POTD and EP! #9242587

Renee Doyle February 15, 2011

Absolutely stunning as is all your work Sean!! Congratulations! #9242643

Rona L. Schwarz February 15, 2011

WOW! This is incredibly stunning, Sean! Superb composition with magical light, glorious colors and tones, and fabulous detail and clarity. An instant favorite. Marvelous work - Congrats on the POTD - and what I'm sure will be the first of many accolades! #9242656

Anne McKinnell February 15, 2011

Love this shot Sean! Congratulations on your POTD! #9242716

Cathy Barrows February 15, 2011

congrats on your gorgeous POTD #9243015

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 15, 2011

Congratulations, Sean, on your POTD for this stunning image!


Barend Frielink February 16, 2011

Congratulations Sean. This is a well deserved POD. I love studying the photo. #9243672

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe February 16, 2011

Beautiful! Congratulations on the POTD....well deserved....Cheers! #9243754

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton February 16, 2011

More and more "pro" on BP... What they looking for? Pub? Prize? Ya! they have better photos than the regular BP customers, bravo!!! And of course, the will not show there setup or tip they use for the shoot.Did you think it's BP level? #9244880

Sean Bagshaw February 16, 2011

Hi Philippe,

Thanks for your comment but I'm not sure I'm deserving of the shredding. Just to be fair, I have been a member of BetterPhoto for several years and I have learned a lot from others who post here and from critiques of my images. And I enjoy sharing my images with fellow photographers as much as the next person. If BetterPhoto has become a forum for non-pros only I hadn't heard. In response to not sharing my set-up or techniques, nothing could be farther from reality. I make it a practice of sharing everything. I spend time every day personally responding to email questions, I regularly give presentations on my techniques to camera clubs and conferences, I teach workshops and I write about my techniques on my blog and the PhotoCascadia.com blog. I answered several email questions from BetterPhoto members specifically on this image. I don't always include the gear I used for every image but it's never a secret. This may be the first time my participation in the photographic community has sparked this kind of reaction and I'm a little confused by it. #9245137

Glenn E. Traver February 16, 2011

Congratulations Sean on your POTD ! ~ GT #9245237

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton February 16, 2011

I apologize For my precedent comment. I've been to rude and you're not this kind of pro, who send only the top of there work and never participate to the community.
Please forgive me and keep showing your (beautiful) photos.

Philippe #9245255

Debra R. Harder February 18, 2011

Hey Sean...This is absolutely STUNNING!! I've been to Bandon many times and I've never seen a sky more beautiful than what you've captured here. Love your perfect composition and exposure. Makes me want to take that 3-1/2 hour drive tomorrow (yes...I'm also from Southern Oregon)! Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL POTD!! Deb #9248354

Janice M. Borodezt February 19, 2011


Congratulations - what an honor getting photo of the day - well deserved. The picture is stunning. It makes it al worth it to get a beautiful picture and then get the photo of the day,

I love the title - #9249881

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic March 20, 2011

Great to see this again, Sean. CONGRATZ on a well deserved Finalist award. Expect seeing more Gold!!!

UB. #9303360

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe March 21, 2011

Outstanding!! Congratulations, Sean on your wonderful and well deserved finalist! Very beautiful!! #9306144

Liz blahh March 22, 2011

Congrats on this beauty! #9309988

Patti Coblentz March 22, 2011

Congratulations, Sean...a beautiful gold winner! #9310023

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic March 22, 2011

on your very deserving WINNER! 8o) #9310052

Phyllis H. Burchett March 22, 2011

Congrats on this fabulous winner Sean! #9310429

Carolyn Morgan March 22, 2011

Kudos to you and your great winner #9310537

Cindy Bendush level-classic March 22, 2011

Beautiful! Big congrats on your fabulous win! #9310780

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton March 22, 2011

Congratulations on your Winner, Sean! #9311021

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe March 22, 2011

Outstanding, Sean!! Congratulations on your beautiful winner!! #9311078

Mary K. Robison March 23, 2011

Fantastic capture, Sean ~ #9311172

Mary K. Robison March 23, 2011

The computer chopped off the second part, Sean ~
I meant to say CONGRATULATIONS! on your well earned win! #9311173

Katarina Mansson March 23, 2011

Congratulations on your outstanding winner! Great light, composition, details and tones. #9311615

Monika Sapek March 23, 2011

Beautiful reflection and lighting! Congratulations on your fantastic Second Place Winner, Sean! #9312417

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic March 23, 2011

Thought so. Huge CONGRATZ on getting into the Winners' Circle, Sean!!

UB. #9313644

David M. Montero March 24, 2011

Beautiful! Congratulations on your selection Sean! #9314900

Lydia Williams level-classic March 24, 2011

Gorgeous Sean! Congratulations on your gold winner! #9314907

Merna L. Nobile March 24, 2011

Yes, you heard right! Congratulations you are a winner! Merna


Linda L. Ruiz April 13, 2011

glitter-graphics.com #9349596

Debbie Bray August 14, 2011

Outstanding and very inspirational, well deserved Sean. Lovely work.

Rudi Reiner level-classic August 14, 2011

Gorgeous, must visit here one day! #9604265

Ellen Hodges March 22, 2016

Huge congrats on all time Editor's Pick. A stunner!! #11450330

Mary K. Robison March 22, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS on this marvelous photo getting an ALL-TIME Gold EP, Sean! #11450438

Lydia Williams level-classic March 23, 2016

So glad to see the All Time Pick on this one...This is an amazing shot! Yup, as Ellen said above, A stunner! Congratulations! #11450635

Harvey A. Ravitch July 29, 2016

This is So Incredible a degree of execution, via light , color, composition , & Presentation . Awesome! #11499977

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