Twilight Panorama at the Beach


We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.  -Sharon Salzberg

The photos for this panorama were taken as the sunset was fading over a clam, quiet sea near San Diego, California. It gives me a calm feeling, which is why I had put it on my screen to keep me company. Then I thought I would share it via blog. This post is short, because I am feeling calm and simple (uncluttered).

The panorama itself was made from three horizontal frames in Photoshop Elements with the technique that I described in my last post. There was very little light on the foreground causing loss of detail in the shadows.

I tweaked it a little in Photoshop Elements’ raw converter (adding a little contrast, “clarity” and “vibrance”). Then, to bring out some detail in the rocks on the left, in Photoshop Elements “Full Editor”, on a Levels layer, the mid-tone (gamma) slider was moved to the left giving a slight “fill flash” effect. Using a mask, this effect was applied only to the rock outcropping on the left. Then the image was sharpened for display with Nik Sharpener Pro (which I highly recommend). Using “control points” sharpening was not applied to the sand because each grain was being sharpened, giving a rough appearance.

I welcome comments and suggestions.

J. Michael Harroun©2013




11 comments on “Twilight Panorama at the Beach

  1. arjun bagga says:

    Hey Michael, Please do check out my new blog when free.

  2. TBM says:

    I used to live 2 hours from San Diego. I still consider it one of the most beautiful places I’ve been

    • I’m glad you had the opportunity to live near here.
      As you say, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the coast line, plus the desert and mountains nearby.
      Hope your travels are safe and fun.

  3. denisebushphoto says:

    No improvements needed! This is an excellent panorama and beautiful scene.

  4. Heather says:

    Another beautiful, inspiring post. Hoping to see the sun for tonight’s sunset 🙂

  5. Beautiful. Thanks for you always thoughtful posts and beautiful pictures. They make my day.

  6. Patrizia M. says:

    E’ veramente fantastico ed hai perfettamente ragione, dona un grande senso di serenità.
    Suggerimenti non ne ho da darti, anzi sono io che ne avrei bisogno per le mie foto 🙂
    Ciao, Pat

    • La ringrazio molto. MI date il vostro parere e guardare avanti per il vostro futuro posti e immagini.
      Apprezzo molto il vostro tempo a tradurre alcuni dei miei post in italiano.
      (Babylon traduzione che è di qualità scadente, mi spiace dirlo)

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