Montage Hotel – Laguna Beach

It’s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to post anything on the blog, and I feel as if I’ve neglected it for long enough.  I have lots to share in the coming weeks, including an in depth review of the Nikon D800 and a few assorted lenses, behind the scenes on commercial shoots, and some lighting diagrams and tutorials.


For now, here is a shot from the beach below the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California.  I used my trusty B+W 10 stop filter on the Nikon 17-35 f/2.8 and then after a few tweaks in Lightroom combined with some Luminosity blending in CS6 arrived at the completed product.  I shot this at ISO800 if memory serves.  Why?  Simple… I was being lazy and impatient… I did not want to wait for a 4 minute exposure at ISO100.  The D800 handles noise exceptionally well at higher ISO and longer exposures.  Even with pumping up the shadows +50ish or higher in Lightroom produces very little noise and what noise exists is easily corrected with NR.

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  1. Mike Olbinski January 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Awesome man! ISO 800!

    • Rick January 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      While ISO800 isn’t all that sexy anymore, it is 3x higher than base where I had been shooting prior to the 10stop going on. If I hadn’t been lazy and not wanted to wait anothe 3 minutes I would have left it at 100. Nice that the D800 can handle long exposure noise, ISO noise, and pumping the shadows with relative ease.

      Ps – thanks for the compliment brother!

  2. Scott Wood January 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Gorgeous image Rick.
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