Stepping Stones

© Steve M. Sieren

Stepping Stones

Uploaded: July 02, 2008 00:03:32


Evy Johansen level-classic July 02, 2008

How very beautiful, Steve!! Awesome colors!! #953054

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict July 02, 2008

W O W !!! #6131000

Lynne Morris level-classic July 02, 2008

Wow Steve, this is a stunning capture, fantastic colours and great pov! #6131013

Michelle R. Kovach July 02, 2008

Gorgeous! #6132710

James Reininger July 02, 2008

Excellent image. Great composition and color. #6132743

Aleksandra Miesak July 11, 2008

I love how the flat rock in the foreground looks like an arrow and directs my eye into the image.

Fantastic work Steve as always!!! #6169086

Corinne M. Thompson July 14, 2008

Fabulous colors and capture! #6178031

Mary Alston July 28, 2008

Beautiful photo. It does look like you could almost follow the rocks to the sunset. #6242739

August 07, 2008

Great shot Steve, and welcome to the FFFP Club #6284194

Dennis Gay August 07, 2008

G'day Steve,

Very good composition in this smooth 'n' serene seascape and a lovely depth of field.
Great use of slow shutter and processing which combine to give an image with magical light.
Definitely a wall hanger!

Dennis #6286423

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict August 25, 2008

Congratulations Steve on your Win.

Dominick #6365106

Donna La Mattino Pagakis August 25, 2008

This is incredible Steve!!! A huge congratulations on your win!!! #6365154

Dennis Gay August 25, 2008

G'day again Steve,

SEE???!!! I told you it was good!!!!!!!!!!

Well done man and many more!

Dennis #6365273

Elida Gutierrez August 25, 2008


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Susan M. Hembree August 25, 2008

Congrats on your 2nd place win, Steve! Just an awesome photo! #6366902

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. August 25, 2008


KARU. #6367174

Steve M. Sieren August 25, 2008

Thank you all for your kind words.

A fellow BetterPhoto member Ken Ferguson asked if I could explain how I created this photograph. He runs one of the photography clubs/forum here. Here is pretty much how I answered the question in the forum;

I explain this as how to make something out of nothing.

This shot above was taken at Ventura County RV Campground with numerous unwanted subjects on bothsides from people sitting to sand castles and just plain sand. By finding just a few rocks that were in the receding surf and making sure that were no unwanted objects near the edges of the frame you can portray to the viewer that you're on a secluded beach.

Ok here is the xif - 18mm D70 3secs iso 200 f22
It was bracketed and the exposure was compesated +1.33 EV
That means I guessed wrong but that's why I bracket exposures. When you're far away from home you can't just go back and retake it. It's like insurance.
A 2 stop hard edged nuetral density grad filter was placed at the horizon line to keep the sun somewhat from being too overexposed.
Here is a link to the RAW file with just a +50 contrast adjustment.
It's tilted I know. Must have been in a rush with the tide coming in. Sometimes I plant the tripod down for just a few seconds and lift it out of the water as soon as I hear the shutter finish. I've had the camera in for repairs twice from salt water damage. I place a waterproof camera jacket over the body sometimes in big surf. It doesn't keep the camera completely dry but does help out a lot.


Eugenio Diaz August 25, 2008

Big congratulations on this outstandng winner! #6368288

Nadya Johnson August 25, 2008

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Steve! #6368463

Nemil B. Chabebe August 26, 2008

Congratulations! #6369040

Jean B. Hall September 07, 2008

I really love the colors and, especially, the composition on this, Steve. It looks like a winding path, beckoning the viewer. Congratulations on your well deserved win! #6423896

Kathleen R. Struckle December 13, 2008

Beautiful capture. Stunning colours. Congrats on your win. #6889117

January 07, 2009

OMG this is stunning!! Fantastic composition and wonderful colors!! Congratulations on this lovely winner!! #6996553

Jean Lechleiter level-classic February 12, 2009

Wow. Fantastic composition and colours. Congratulations! #7159064

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