Archive for September 11th, 2008

“Laguna Beach, Ca. 1” by David Cresine

September 11, 2008

“Laguna Beach, Ca. 1”
© Copyright David Cresine

I think I may need to head down to Laguna Beach sometime soon and check out some of these gorgeous sunsets in person. Is it just me, or does Laguna Beach have extraordinary sunsets? Or maybe it’s David Cresine’s fine photographic work. David seems to be a mostly point-and-shoot type of photographer, like me, and if there’s any post-processing work in his photos, it seems to be quite minimal.

David Cresine has a photo album here on called “Sunrise, Sunset” in which he shows off nearly three dozen of his beautiful sunset photos. He’s submitted several of them for the Photobird Photo of the Hour, and the one shown above entitled “Laguna Beach, Ca. 1” is one of my favorites, and I’ll tell you why.

  1. First, I love the range of colors in this photo. Sunset photos are typically red and orange, but this one has a stunning, iridescent range of deep blues, light blues, reds, yellows, and oranges. It’s a very colorful image. Almost like a rainbow.
  2. Secondly, the silhouette of the palm trees and the observation deck works very well I think, to provide a sense of depth to the image, giving you the impression that you’re actually in Laguna Beach right now. Everything in the photo is also clear and sharp.
  3. Last, but not least, the composition is great. As I wrote earlier this week, I believe that composition is key to great photos. In David Cresine’s photo above, I like how the palm branches in the lower left are seemingly anchored to the lower-left corner of the frame, and how the tall palm trees are located on the right dividing line of the Rule of Thirds. Most important to me about this composition, and especially because it’s a sunset photo, I like that you can actually see the sun in the photo, just resting on the horizon. In many sunset photos, the viewer needs to imagine where the sun is located based on the color patterns in the sky. In David’s photo, you can see the source of the color, which I like. is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

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