I took this shot the other week at Point Hamilton, along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. Whenever I shoot these sorts of seascapes, I find it critical to have some sort of dominant foreground anchor. If you can picture this image without the rock in it, I think you’ll agree that it’ll fall a bit flat. Having a dominant foreground element gives the viewer a place to start and end at while also breaking up the scene in a pleasing way.

In the case here, I found this one rock that had some cool shells and marine life on it. I placed it in the lower right corner of the frame (I’m a huge fan of placing these dominant anchors in either corner as opposed to in the center) and waited for a good wave to rush in. :)

In terms of processing
Most of the stylization was achieved using Lightroom 4.3’s Develop Module. I applied a slight split tone to bring an orange tint to the shadows and a blue tint to the highlights. I also sent the image to onOne Software FocalPoint 2 to render the background slightly out of focus.

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