All Paths Lead to the Ocean

You know you've been away from 365 too long when you have to log in to post! Just finished editing and delivering a huge portrait set to a family, so I could finally, in good conscience, upload and edit my own photos from the past week. We took dinner to the beach last Thursday night and, with the exception of a few surfers, had the whole place to ourselves. While I was bundled in pants and a sweater, these two ran for the water as if we were in the Caribbean (alas, we are not, although I'm not complaining when we've got the Pacific in our back yard). It was incredibly cloudy and overcast, and we couldn't stay long enough to see the sunset (somebody has school the next day), but oh, it was glorious.
The color of these bathing suits could not have been better with the color palette of the photo.
posted May 7th, 2017  
Love this so much. Stunning
posted May 7th, 2017  
how wonderful. i'm not sure how you process your shots, christine, but i just love your tones and colours. can you give a little hint at your editing processes? no worries if you'd rather not!
posted May 8th, 2017  
Gorgeous colours!! Fav!
posted May 8th, 2017  
Like everything about this
posted May 8th, 2017  
Love it all too! The two pops of color and footprints!
posted May 8th, 2017  
amazingly beautiful ...fav
posted May 8th, 2017  
@vera365 That's one of my favorite color combinations. I didn't think of it when I bought their suits (and I was shocked that they both wanted the same one), but now I might have to keep that in mind! :-)
posted May 8th, 2017  
@hubmom @sasslater @amyk @edorreandresen @lynnz Thank you all so much! It was amazing to have the beach all to ourselves and that sky was just irresistible.
posted May 8th, 2017  
@pistache Thanks, Clare! That is such a wonderful compliment coming from you (and your beautiful work). I usually start by bringing up the contrast and shadows and dropping down the highlights. Exposing properly for my daughters' darker skin tones can be challenging. If I get their skin right, the sky is usually blown out and it's hard to get any detail. But if I slightly underexpose, then I can get the best of both. From there, I'll start playing with the hue/saturation/luminance. I am not skilled enough to know how to work with the tone curve yet, but that's on my list to learn. I typically drop down the saturation on greens and yellows and, depending on the mood I'm going for, play with the blues. Oh, and i almost always increase clarity on landscape shots, which gives them so much more depth and detail. I'm definitely an improviser when it comes to editing. Thank you for asking!
posted May 8th, 2017  
@cjoye thank you so much christine for all that generous detail! i'm hoping i can give your techniques a go, if you don't mind ...
posted May 12th, 2017  
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