Ready for a Vacation

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

This was shot on the beautiful Island of Catalina, off the shores of Los Angeles. We had the privilege of being invited to a Family Photo Shoot and after scouting the Island for a location, we found this wonderful private beach. With Grand Parents, proud Mothers and Fathers and a restless children, what better place to have everyone relax as the intrepid Photographers choreographed the day! The results were stellar.

This is also a tribute to all the hard-working Canadians and Americans looking forward to their first long weekend of the Summer. In Canada, this is celebrated on July the First, or “Canada Day”, while Americans have The Fourth of July. Both honor their countries achievements with Family get together, BBQ, Fireworks and Beer (especially in Canada, eh?). Time to kick back and have some fun!

9 responses

  1. Jose Vazquez

    Awesome image and processing Erik! Sounds like it was a great time. Really looking forward to this weekend. Enjoy yours!

    June 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

  2. I want to be there right now

    July 2, 2011 at 1:30 am

  3. Beautiful image! Saw your link on DPS.

    July 3, 2011 at 6:10 am

  4. Hi Erik, came across your photo from your comments on DPS’s AF or MF poll. Is this one of those photos where you had different exposures for different parts and merged together?

    It looks so nicely saturated too.

    July 3, 2011 at 6:51 am

    • Thanks so much for visiting our Photography Blog! We update daily! This was a three exposure HDR. The lighting was very challenging being in the Cabana, so -2, 0, +2EV shot on a Tripod, tone mapped with Photomatix Pro.

      July 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

  5. Mariusz

    So anyone see halos around objects? Only me? Automatic HDRs are like automatic cameras. Leave you minimum amount of control.

    I dont’t like that kind of images. If you sacrifice more time for this photo in Photoshop, adjusting it manually, it can be million times better. Now it looks more like graphics.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

    • Hi…thanks for the critique. I am an Old Film Dude and going down the experimentation path, sometimes it works, some times not. For me, if I learn on the way and have fun, that’s what it all about!
      Cheers, Erik

      July 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

  6. Mariusz

    Sorry if I was too harsh. What I was trying to say was, that easiest path, isn’t always the best. Try getting this photo to Photoshop (or Gimp if you like free alternative), use curves, masks, dodge/burn tool and this photo will be much much better.

    And who I should be harsh are commenters, who will tell that photo is awesome processed.

    And the place from the photo… yes, it is awesome. I’m in rainy country in Europe now, so get me there =D

    July 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  7. Wolf

    The composition is very nice. However, I am not sure about the HDR processing. I think the image looks very patchy due to the ‘glow’ around the objects. Hope you nail it the next time.

    July 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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