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Monday, May 14, 2012

Contender Phyllis Goodfriend


Previsualization and powerful software tools enabled The American Landscape Contest contender Phyllis Goodfriend to create a dramatic image of the Pacific coastline.

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Photographer: Phyllis Goodfriend

Location: Pacific Grove, California

When did you take the photograph?
Jan. 19, 2012

What equipment did you use?
Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, Manfrotto tripod, Kirk Enterprises ballhead

Please describe how you got this photo?
My husband and I had been traveling in California and the weather was beautiful all week – blue cloudless skies, flat surf – not what I had in mind at all. I had been hoping for dramatic skies and rough surf. On the last day of our trip there was a storm approaching. We stopped in Pacific Grove hoping to see the famous butterfly trees, but the butterflies were hiding. At the oceanfront I spotted these rocks and clouds.

Did you use any special techniques?
I used an HDR technique, as the latitude between the rocks and the sky was too great to be captured in one shot. It was post-processed with Nik Software HDR Efex Pro.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This scene of the American Landscape is very special to me because it represents an area that I have come to love. It shows this portion of the California coast as I had pre-visualized in both the planning of the trip and the creation of the image.

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