Pacific Ocean Sunset – Three Versions of Same Capture

The attached capture of a Pacific Ocean sunset is from Carlsbad, California. The coastal location of this capture was just a few miles west of where we lived for 24 years raising our family. It’s located in north San Diego County. Having been gone from area since 2013, my wife and I spent a week on the coast last October and this was one of the sunsets we were treated with.

I wanted to share the process I go through when one of my photographs or art prints inspires me to add an inspirational thought.

The first capture is the original one which shows the relationship between the coastal bluff and the sunset.

As I thought about using this as a basis for a print with an inspirational thought, I cropped the original shot eliminating the coastal bluff with the exception of the top of plant on that bluff. My next step was working with the message I had chosen, playing with putting it on the photograph using various fonts and font sizes. Upon finalizing (this process sounds simple, but trust me….I tend to turn it into a lengthy process trying a variety of fonts and sizes) this aspect, I then play with positioning. Positioning is another process of centering, not centering…splitting the verbiage up or keep it in one line, etc.

I chose these two sentiments simply because these are the two thoughts that came to mind when I was looking at this capture.


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28 thoughts on “Pacific Ocean Sunset – Three Versions of Same Capture

  1. lorriebowden

    I love them all, Kirt…but the last one…just….Ah!
    “From the chaos in the world,
    you create such simple beauty.”
    Just beautiful! And so true…it is up to us to ignore the ‘noise’ and nonsense and be able to fix our gaze on the ‘simple beauty.’
    Much love and light to you, friend ❤

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much!! Sometimes I think of the message first and then decide what picture it fits or visa versa….in these cases, the picture was first. I appreciate the feedback and thanks for stopping by!
      Have a great 4th of July week….I look forward to Brother Love coming back next weekend….will be in Colorado for a week, so may be slow to comment… best to you!!

  2. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Clearly the crop was a critical choice that really makes the image go from beautiful to stunning; exceptional simplicity, Kirt – and yes, I know the kinds of mental/emotional/physical variations of manipulating the text, lol! But it is fun, and both bottom versions work, with slightly differing impacts. I’d say for me the single line embraces the power in the image, while the double line softens and embraces the image (reflecting its message), which is kinda ironic cause on my screen the bottom version is just a hair brighter in the highlights. Both work super well for me Kirt! 😊

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I appreciate the feedback and your insight… I’ve to hear from someone who knows the process and all of the trials and errors! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!


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