Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Contender Victor Liu

2014 American Landscape Contest Contender Victor Liu was attracted to the shapes, colors and reflections along the Oregon Coast

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Photographer: Victor Liu,

Location: Bandon, OR

When did you take this photograph? June 6th, 2012

Equipment: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens, Gitzo Traveler 1542 tripod

The story behind the shot:
It was the 7th day of my Oregon coast trip, which I started at Cannon Beach. I drove all the way down to Bandon, looking for photo opportunities. My original plan was to shoot the "Wizards Hat" sea stack, but after failing to find an ideal spot for its reflection, I discovered this little puddle, and the curve along its edges soon caught my eyes. I tried different compositions to place the two rocks, but when the sunset colors suddenly kicked in, I just followed my consciousness and instinct as a photographer to capture the image.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
I used a graduated neutral density filter to balance the sky and the foreground, and in post-processing I added some dodge and burn to further adjust the exposures.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
Bandon is my favorite spot on the Oregon coast for photography, not only because the sea stacks make for great seascape images, but also it's stormy weather offers dramatic skies. For this particular shot, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. The magic of landscape photography is that it's hard to duplicate. You would have to be there to believe it ever existed.


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