There’s something very special about the nature and landscape photographer. When writing off our own bodies and well-being to keep our tripods stable just to get. the. shot. is commonplace, you know that something’s up. We climb, crawl, slide, jump, and dig to get the shot. We have no problems getting soaked with saltwater, baked in the desert sun, or get scraped up against a mountain… just as long as our camera stays dry, still and keeps exposing.

It’s just what we do.

I was really happy to capture a moment that encapsulates my point. Here is Matt Kloskowski taking refuge on an ocean rock as the tide came sweeping in. Now, I’ve seen Matt stand at the edge of much taller cliffs overlooking the ocean. I’ve also seen him subsequently get drenched from waves crashing and exploding against those cliffs. But he always comes back for more. It’s just what he does and I’m glad that I have an opportunity to share it with all of you.

In terms of processing
I applied a graduated filter in onOne Software Perfect Effects 4. The top part of the filter warmed the image while the bottom part cooled off the water. I masked the cooling effect off of Matt. I also applied Magic Ocean and a custom Tone Enhancer that was masked onto Matt and the rocks.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

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