The Daily Focal Point

November 11, 2008

I can smell the ocean…

Filed under: Uncategorized, Week Five — cabenelson @ 11:23 pm


I’ve had this photo in queue for a couple of months now and I couldn’t ever find a way to make it pop. Tonight Kim and I were ready to leave to meet some of my family for dinner and I just started tinkering with it in Photoshop.

The original is extremely flat and uninspiring. The trick was trying to get the clouds to stand out more without it looking like I’ve totally dodge/burned the crap out of them. Right now it looks like I’ve only SOMEWHAT burned the crap out of it! Using some of the manual dodge/burn tools in Photoshop forces you to see the picture as nothing but pixels that you need to enhance or tone down based on the certain feel you’re trying to create. Messing with the manual side of Photoshop in many ways is as delicate as painting. Sometimes, you have it, sometimes you don’t. With this one it came all together within 5 minutes before my wife was trying to get me out of the house.

As I was editing this photo I was listening to Travis – Side. (click on the play button on the upper right hand side) The song is beautifully optimistic and meshes well with this photo. Enjoy!



  1. Mmm…Hawaii. Let’s go back!

    Comment by Kimba — November 11, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  2. I want to go right now. I have a foot of snow right now.

    Comment by leaca — November 12, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  3. Beautiful sight! Makes me long for days at water’s edge. šŸ™‚ Good luck getting your wife to accept that pet kangaroo. šŸ™‚

    Comment by Lisa's Chaos — November 12, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  4. I love the composition, and dang(!) that blue water looks so amazing. Nice work. -KJ

    Comment by 12littlefeet — November 12, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

  5. Ahhh, Cabe, that’s beautiful! My favorite part is the clouds. They look heavenly.

    Comment by Abby — November 12, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

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