It has been a full day of shooting Monarch butterflies, interesting architectures of Solvang, and a myriad of ocean and sky sceneries when we finally reached Pismo Beach. I was sitting in the backseat of our car quietly regretting the sunset I was going to miss shooting for that day. There was some parking lot traffic at the church and when I happened to look on my left, I saw this beautiful view of the sunset. As I tried my best to remember all the functions from the camera manual I read the just day before and worried about the traffic that might start moving at any minute, I rolled down my window to take a few shots.
I was so internally frantic that I still remember the very moment I took this shot to this day. I had to play with the apertures, f-stops, and stay very still while taking it because it was so dark and the light of the sunset was so vibrant, I have to go for a longer exposure time. As I took it, I was hoping that this blue tinge in the sky that I wanted badly to catch also got in the shot. I was only able to take 5 shots until traffic decided to move along but I was very happy with my 5th shot:
Later that day, I reviewed all the shots I’ve made and I remember being so upset about the light posts in this photo. I saw it as a distraction from the beautiful sunset before me. I really wanted them gone. I think, that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to learn Photoshop in the beginning — so that I can take out the human junk we built on this beautiful earth from my shots.
So upon editing it today, I intended to really capture what I wanted it to look like back then. When I looked at the photo again, I had second thoughts whether to take out the light posts or not. I hated it so much back then that it is now part of the memory conveyed in the photo. However, my goal for this collection is to use the skills I have today to enable what I really envisioned during the moment that I took the original photo. So here’s what came out: