Photographer's Note

These two rocks are just down the road from the Oshin Koshin Falls in my photo of the same name. The sea here is called the "Sea of Okhotsk" though I'm not sure at which point it becomes the North Pacific.
I metered for the bright area of the sea between the rocks and myself to throw the rocks into silhouette. I also set my auto-white balance on my EOS 10D to 6,500K. I’d say this is about the equivalent of using a warm-up filter on a film camera. Although you can use warm-up filters on a digital SLR, it's not really necessary if you can customize the white balance, especially if your camera accepts Kelvin settings. I also tried at the warmest (10,000K) and coldest end of the range (2,800K). The warm end was too warm. The sun is was still too high in the sky to give that warm a feeling, so the shot looked un-natural. The coldest end gave a very interesting result. A very blue cast made the shot look like a surreal Arctic landscape. (By the way, daylight white-balance and daylight film is usually set around 5,300 Kelvin.)

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