On September 12, 2008 Hurricane Ike churned up the Gulf of Mexico along the west coast of Florida and I ventured out to Fort De Soto well before dawn to photograph. I took this Black Skimmer image before the sun rose and there was noise in it but I loved the comp and the general feeling I felt while looking at it so I decided to add some “photo art” effects by using a sandstone texture on the sky and water and left the birds as they were. I don’t usually add filters to my images but I did like how this turned out and still left that pre-dawn feeling to it.
This shows the image with some noise reduction to the sky and water otherwise this was post processed the same as the textured version but minus the texture filter. Looking at them side by side now; years later, I am not sure which version I like best.
Both versions of this frame of the sunrise Black Skimmers bring back memories from the morning I created this photo of them in their pre-dawn flight. I enjoyed the sea breeze, the birds, the sand under my feet and the sound of the crashing waves.