Red Planet

© Francis Cailles

Red Planet

Uploaded: September 04, 2004


sunset at some beach in northern california. Shutter speed @ 2 secs for silky water effect.


Michael A. Dreese September 04, 2004

What an incredible image! Did you use a filter? #165548

Francis Cailles September 04, 2004

Thanks for the comment Michael. I used a circular polarizer, 2 stop Graduated ND filter (GND), and a 3 stop Graduated ND filter. The red color was there, but was enhanced by the camera white balance setting of "shady -3". Only PS work here is to clone out the vignetting caused by the circular polarizer, and I think I also cropped the image after rotating the image to straighten the horizon. here are the tech specs:

Nikon D100, circ. polarizer, tripod, cable release, 15-30@15mm, ISO200, 1.30secs, f/20, D100 contrast/tone comp@custom, D100 wb@shady -3, D100 color mode@III Nikon sRGB, D100 sharpening@high, manual exposure, matrix metering, RAW/NEF, 2+3 stop GND #756044

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe September 04, 2004

Awesome work Francis! I really enjoyed your website both on BP and at I look forward to seeing more of your work..... Jeff #756059

Wilson H. Valentin September 04, 2004

Beautiful image and great work, Francis! #756101

Darren K. Fisher September 04, 2004

I agree with Jeff I look forward to seeing your work and wish you would share it a little more often. This is just amazing, the detail you captured in the Fg is outstanding and those colors just blow me away. So powerful. I need some lessons. I would love to capture sunrise and sets but have trouble doing so. Hit me up when you have time. That is if you do not mind. #756300

Susana Ms Heide September 04, 2004

This is STELLAR, Francis!! I predict we have a WINNER!! #756346

Jill Battaglia September 05, 2004

Excellent!!! Thanks for the tech info too! :-) #756627

Sharon Morris September 05, 2004

I always shy away from stacking, but after seeing this, I just have to give it a try. Great job! #757207

Cora Miller level-addict September 05, 2004

AWESOME, powerful, emotionally engaging and oh so much more...this one stirs the soul! You are gifted Francis, truly gifted. Ever hear the old hymn that this depicts perfectly..."on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand"? Viewing this is an enormous blessing. Thank you for sharing it. #757293

Darren Smith September 05, 2004

Breathtaking image Francis, this has winner written all over it.

Well done, a truelly beautiful photograph! #757297

Francis Cailles September 05, 2004

thanks everyone for the kind comments. very much appreciated.

JEFF: Thanks for visiting

DARREN: I doubt you have problems capturing sunrises/sunsets. But if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to answer.

CORA: Hi there! good to see you here. was wondering where you've been. Of course I've heard of the hymn...I'm singing it in my head right now. Thanks for 'seeing' that for me..

thanks again everyone for taking the time to look and comment. #757618

Evy Johansen level-classic September 18, 2004

WOW.... So beautiful! Congratulations on your POTD win, Francis! #788376

Yuri Bonder September 18, 2004

Excellent!!! #788377

Karen Lewis-Gunn September 18, 2004

This image has left me in Awe!
Well done !!!! #788384

Carol Brill September 18, 2004

Absolutely marvelous work with filters and capturing the range of red hues here with such clarity, Francis, just an amazing job on your exposure and composition as well! Congratulations on your POTD, very well deserved!

About where in No. Cal. was this taken? #788456

Cindy K. Bracken September 18, 2004

Very striking! Excellent job!

Cindy Bracken #788797

Kathleen R. Struckle September 18, 2004

Absolutely stunning image!! Very well done. #788901

Kim Helmick September 18, 2004

Gorgeous work Francis! Absolutely deserving of Photo of the Day!
Kim #788909

Jennifer Jones September 18, 2004

Absolutely amazing, Francis. I agree with Cora regarding the hymn! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us. Thanks too, for sharing all the tech specs... that is so valuable. My husband and I are heading off to Maui on Monday and I'm hoping to capture some amazing sunsets. :o) #788967

Ed Heaton September 18, 2004

Hi Francis,
Great image and congrats on POTD! #788971

Mauro Bighin September 18, 2004

Well deserved POTD, congrats
Mauro #788981

Gianna Stadelmyer September 18, 2004

Congratulations on a well-deserved potd! This is breathtaking, Francis and I predict we will see this in the winner's circle again:-) #789010

Stan Kwasniowski September 18, 2004


Nothing to say, your work the BEST

Stan Kwasniowski #789034

Isabel L September 18, 2004

Beautiful shot!!
Congrats! #789140

September 18, 2004

Thank you for this shot! It makes me miss the beach even more than usual. I love how you brought out the little wisps of water from around the really puts the whole scene in perspective, and the whole shot is just gorgeous! #789324

September 18, 2004

WOWWWW !!!!!!
Excellent !!
I guess you used a red filter and slow shutter??
Definitely and eye catching photo!!
Good Work!!

September 18, 2004

Absolutely beautiful!! Superb.
Are you selling these?


Leanne M.E. Boyd September 18, 2004

Congratulations, wonderful photo! #789768

Anita Taylor September 18, 2004

Wow, incredible photo, Francis! #790067

Kristen McKain September 19, 2004

WOW!!!! GORGEOUS! Congrats on your POTD! Sorry I'm a little late - our internet wasn't working Friday night and all of yesturday because of those tornados and all of that going on. #790461

September 19, 2004

What can I say but WOW,WOW,WOW!!!! #790690

Diane Dupuis September 19, 2004

Congrats on your POTD! What a fantastic shot! #791007

December 20, 2007

Congratulations on an outstanding image!! #5237154

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