Gonzales Erratic

This glacial erratic sits in the middle of Gonzales Bay, sometimes exposed at low tide like it was yesterday after sunset when I passed by on a walk. For more pictures of this erratic see an earlier post Gonzales Clouds taken with a much more interesting sky that I had to work with last night – that other post also has a bit of background about Gonzales Bay and it surrounds. In this picture I am of two minds about how the line of house disappears into the rock and the line of clouds and mountains emerges on the other side, I kind of like it, but find it distracting too.

This was the blue hour when I was there, and I expect I will show some very blue photos taken as this short visit progressed. I find the blue hour light translates very well into black and white, and this was how I tackled these brackets at first. I think there is more to be had from the colours if I process the picture differently, but of these two versions I prefer the b&w.

This lens has a pretty strong vignette at f2.8 and is emphasised in HDR treatments, yet another thing I need to think about  a bit more when composing the shots (it’s a sufficiently ancient lens that I have not found any presets that can correct this in-camera, or that do a great job in-post either).


Canon 5D MkII, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens, f 2.8, ISO400, 4 brackets, 1/200th, +2 EV, -2 and -4 EV.



20 thoughts on “Gonzales Erratic

    • Thank you Terrill – this boulder has passed through time at or near the ocean’s edge (and even beneath it for a while) since it was dropped from a glacier sometime in the Pleistocene. It must have a story. And if remembered it likely is part of a some important event if Songhees history as well, like the nearby Sahsima, which is distantly visible from near this rock.


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  2. Beautiful! Both of them.
    I find the way that small cloud juts out from the rock very effective (the way it lines up with the houses).
    There are many ‘lines’ that draw you eye into and around the image.


    • Thank you Karen. I was wishing I had done more with the rippled sand beach as well, but the light faded quickly and I did not really compose a shot of the boulder with the best foreground. I will just have to go back!


  3. I actually rather like the vignette effect here, Ehpem. That rock is really quite something else, isn’t it. I have a very slight preference for the black-and-white version as the rock seems to be more of the center-point with it. But, that’s the slightest of preferences to be honest as the blue hues in the color version really extend the depth of the image here. Great capture, my friend!


  4. Without doubt it has to be the colour one for me; it seems to be the more compelling image. Just in case you ask why, I will take the third match and say the dark rocks on the left of the B&W image keep dragging my eye.



    • Thanks David – interesting observation. I felt that pull too. I wonder what makes it stronger in the b&w – perhaps that I darkened the distant band of clouds and mountains a bit in the black and white, so the weight of the whole is pulling the eye. Or, the touch of sunset colour next to the rock pulls the eye that way. I do see that the gap under the erratic is much more noticeable, or noticed, in the colour, and it was one of the things I was trying to line up well to show as it takes the right angle to see it at all..


      • I think you are right, I am still processing images from that walk, so will have another go at this one as well and see what happens. I might do the black and white conversion earlier in the workflow too.


    • Hi Lynn. I wish I could claim invention of the phrase, but it is widely used, along with the golden hour. There are even handy map based calculators so you can see when the light falls into either of those categories on a particular day, anywhere. Like this one.


  5. I’m on the fence with which one of these treatments I prefer. The B&W has a really nice tonal range but I could say the same for the color version, which is basically a monotone. I’m glad I don’t have to judge the contest.


    • Hi Ken. I processed this set of brackets in colour with photomatix, adjusted levels in LR and exported this image. I carried on and converted to black and white in LR4 with additional adjustments. Probably the black and white is where I settle, when I am outside in this kind of light I don’t see most of the blue, unless I make a serious effort to undo my brain’s conversion. So, the blue always comes over as a bit strong and I often find myself toning it down.


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