Dana Point Harbor – dusk

As a urban landscape photographer, sometimes I just can’t pass up a great photographic opportunity, whether its a a cliche or not. In this case we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday with the family crowd and we just had a wonderful dinner. This is the viewpoint from the restaurant overlooking the Dana Point harbor towards San Clemente at the end of the evening.

For those who will note my slightly oversaturated colors, I don’t have any issues with a creative interpretation of an urban landscape. I think of myself as a visual artist and I can take compositional and other liberties to increase the visual drama as a way to remember this evening. I find this very pleasing and fun to create ;- D

I also had a chance to experiment/play with the night mode of the new Samsung S21Ultra camera phone. I made a couple of exposures before implementing this camera mode setting, then a few after, with this one resulting while using the night mode setting. Honestly, I did not see much difference in the photographs between the two modes. I will have to admit that this was just after sunset, thus at the interesting intersection of evening with dusk, so actually a fair amount of available light. I also anticipated some potential low-light issues and I used the top of a concrete barrier adjacent to the walkway to steady the phone for the resulting exposures, which probably helped to make the photographs appear comparable.



Dana Point Harbor, August (#302330) copyright Douglas Stockdale 2021.



Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo, September 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th, New dates: March 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 2022 More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo. New Dates!

New Book Workshop added: I will be leading a Creative Photo Book workshop with the Southeast Center of Photography (SEC4P) later in the Fall of this year. This will be a virtual event (Zoom); November 6 & 7th and 13 & 14th, 2021, 10 AM – 1 PM, EDT (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). Registration is now open, and there is a SEC4P membership discount. Just advised that it is half-way sold out. Let me know if you have any questions!



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