After seeing the first sunrise of 2015 with my family, we drove further north a bit in Chiba Prefecture to the town of Choshi. Since I was with my family, I didn’t really have a ton of time to take photos. I wasn’t really there to take photos at all, but of course being a photographer you just can’t pass some opportunities up (and thankfully I have a family who understands this)! Knowing I had a reasonable window of patience, I settled down at a spot along the rocky coastline with my oldest daughter and shot a few long exposures. I hope to go out again sometime this month with a little more time to spare, but this was the best image I was able to take that day.
Now, this image has some pretty strong edits. Normally I don’t like editing that takes the image far beyond the scope of the original scene (I have nothing against those techniques, just personal preference), but sometimes you have to allow yourself a bit of creative flexibility. Seeing as I didn’t have the time to wait for clouds and lighting to change, a little creative flexibility seemed like a good thing here. Perhaps the most important edit to this image was the use of Photoshop’s path blur too. This is a powerful tool in the right situation, and I thought you might be interested in learning a little more about it, so I made a quick video showing how it works and how I used it in this image. You can find the video below this image. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for reading!