Week 20 – Horizontal Line

The Challenge for Week 20 of my 52 Week Landscape Composition Photo Challenge is Horizontal Line. What I realized when I did some research on Horizontal Line in Landscape Photography is that we use horizontal lines in our photography more than we (at least I) realize. There’s most likely at least 1 implied horizontal line in most landscape photographs – the horizon. Other than horizon, there are other examples of horizontal lines – fallen trees, waves, oceans, sleeping people, etc. All these subjects somehow show a sense of stability, rest, and timelessness.

Horizontal lines tend to indicate a sense of homeostasis (lack of change). Horizontal lines can be used when you want to impart a sentiment of timelessness or lack of change to an image. The horizon is stable, dependable and immovable, and for these reasons, horizons become the ultimate example of horizontal line. Horizontal lines are also relaxing and quiet.

When I thought about horizontal lines, I knew I’ll head to the beach and use the horizon as the horizontal line as well as use waves as horizontal lines. When the opportunity to go to Capitola Wharf presented itself, I knew I had the chance to use the Wharf as another horizontal line.

So, after taking several shots from different locations using Wharf in the Foreground, I decided to move to a location where I put the Wharf horizontally across the frame. I see multiple horizontal lines in play in this photo – waves in the foreground, wharf, horizon, and the mountains in the background. I thought this would make a good example of Horizontal Line for this week’s challenge.

Glorious Morning!

Location: Capitola Wharf
Time: Sunrise
EXIF: Canon EOS 7D | Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 | 17mm | f/11 | 122s | ISO 100

One of the first Photo trips of 2017. I woke up pretty early in the morning (around 5:00 AM) to get to Capitola for Sunrise. One of my Photography buddies wanted to carpool so he came around 5:30 and we hit the road right away. We had good conversation on the way to Capitola. Another Photography buddy was planning to meet us on location.

We weren’t sure how the weather was going to turn out. Obviously, we were hoping it would be good. We did hear from sources with ‘knowledge’ of the weather that it might be a good show. This was my 2nd trip to Capitola. The first time around was during the Christmas break. I made the trip alone. The weather was ‘ok’ that day. It was extremely cold and for a period of time, I was the only person on the beach. It was a good shoot. I came back with some good shots.

When we got there, it was pretty dark. We were a bit early. The other friend wasn’t going to show up for another 10 to 15 minutes. So, the two of us decided to go down to the beach. While waking on the stairs to the beach, we saw a spot half way down that we thought would make a good spot to setup our tripods and get a shot. We wanted to get the Capitola Wharf from a higher vantage point.

This is one of the first shots that I took that morning. It was still dark but I could see beautiful colors in the horizon. I decided to go with a ultra-long exposure (around 2 minutes) to capture all the light.

We spent some time shooting from this high vantage point and then I decided to head out to the beach. I moved around and used the Wharf as the main subject and shot from all angles. When I came to this location end of last year, there were lot of driftwood on the beach. I was able to use the driftwood as foreground elements. There weren’t any this time around.

Once back home, the processing was rather straight-forward. Didn’t have to do a whole lot to enhance the colors in this photo. I did my basic Lightroom processing and then took it over to Photoshop to do some cleanup.

A spectacular Sunrise! Enjoyed it quite a bit.