The late afternoon at the Granja beach, Portugal.
A story behind: The ocean has always been astonishing me. Two photos from the same spot are never the same. Just a simple walk with a camera results in a diverse collection of seascapes. It is never, ever, predictable.
That night the particularly interesting cloud formation was hanging above the stairs in Granja. I knew, as soon as the dying sun began to illuminate the cloud, it was going to be a nice sunset.
The bright sky spots and some over-cast sky was nicely balanced with a 2-stop, soft-step ND Grad. Even in the age of digital blending and fine tuning in post processing, these filters offer something you simply cannot accomplish on the computer. I knew that brown stone stairs make a nice foreground element, so I sat down on the beach with my 16-35 mm lens and framed this scene. The 3 seconds long exposure and fast moving water added a lot of commotion to the scene. The shutter speed turned out to be long enough to smooth out the distant water, gave a fast wave movement, but short enough to maintain some structure in the clouds.
Gear: Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm.
Shutter speed: 3 sec
Exposure bias: 0 EV
Focal Length: 16 mm
Place taken: Porto, Portugal.
Date Taken: Sunday, January 15th, 2012, 18: 34