One of the cool things about digital photography is sometimes you just don’t know what you’re going to get when Photoshop finishes grinding away at whatever process you’ve asked it to perform. Most of it turns out to be crap but every once in a while…
I love photographing waves crashing. Don’t know why although I’m sure somewhere there’s a psychiatrist who would offer a few theories. Perhaps it’s the dynamic nature of the water or the collision of the irresistible force and immovable object. No clue; I just like making pictures of waves. And since we’re talking about a moving object, sometimes you don’t really see the wave until you look at it frozen in an image. Maybe that’s what I’m chasing – freezing time for a closer examination.
Well, what happens when you stack slices of time up and merge them together? How about these slices –
I believe they are in reverse order (I’m not a blog expert by any means) but you get the idea. I set my camera on a tripod and just kept firing the shutter as a wave came into the cove, trying to capture the moment it hits various rocks and sprays up in the air. Usually I would find one or two images that were the most “dramatic” and work on this but this time I asked myself, “what would happen if I merged them all into a single photo?”
Well, you get this.
That’s pretty cool although I have no idea where the color shifts came from. I guess Photoshop just gave up trying to make all the right colors end up in the right places for that many images and just said, “here, you figure it out.”
Here’s the interesting thought – color has meaning in B&W. And I can use NIK’s Silver Efex Pro to simulate color filters in B&W film. What would that do? Turns out it does this.
Now that’s interesting. I need to figure out how to deal with those big black patches (I think the wave spray highlights blew out in the merge process) but all the rest is neat. Really gives a sense of the chaos in the cove as the waves continually beat on the rocks. Don’t really need color to tell that story. A bonus is the lighting on the rocks at the top – nice sense of the sunset that’s happen to the left of the image. There’s even a couple of people standing on top of one rock. Guess they were standing there admiring the view while I was firing off 10 shots. Nice of them.
Don’t throw away your images, folks, they may find a home in an alternate processing scheme!