|Julie L. Brown Photography|
Folly Beach Pier before Sunrise
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Charleston, South Carolina
"The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier is 24 feet wide, extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and is 23 feet above sea level. Known as one of the best places to go saltwater fishing in Charleston, visitors and locals also take advantage of the miles of Folly Beach views, bird watching, and walking."
This is a popular spot for sunrise shoots. There were quite a few people on the beach the morning we visited this pier. I really like making images before sunrise or after sunset-the amount of light that the camera sensor collects during a long exposure is amazing. The RAW capture had a blue cast which is typical at twilight. I warmed it a bit by adjusting the white balance during processing. My typical workflow is Lightroom + NIK Color Efex Pro + Sharpener Pro. Properly exposed low ISO images usually don't need noise reduction.
Camera notes: The 42.4 MP Sony a7rII has a full frame sensor that is enabling photographers to capture images with an expanded dynamic range in one shot. For many scenes, there is no need to shoot multiple frames at different exposures for HDR or create compositie images later in post-processing. The lens used was a Canon 70-200 f4L mounted on a Metabones T-Smart IV lens adaptor for Sony FE.
One of the most important aspects of the Sony mirrorless bodies , in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking . In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.
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