Sand Glass Beach

Our visit to Second Beach in Olympic National Park started out with cloudless skies – but within an hour, clouds had moved in, filling the sky will beautiful patterns. I captured this shot during the transition phase from clear to overcast skies.

I wanted to capture the reflection in the wet sand on the shallow beach. I chose to include only wet sand in the frame because I wanted to fill the foreground with reflected colors. I choose not to use a GND filter because of the details in the large sea stack. Instead, I relied on bracketed images and manual blending to control the broad dynamic range between the sky and wet sand.

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