Before/After Oregon Coast

Hey all,

For this weeks post I’d like to show you a little before/after shot of one of the pictures I took while on the Oregon coast in August. You can use the slider bar in the middle of the photo to view the before and after versions of the photo.

(Best viewed in Firefox. Other browsers might not render correctly)

I’ll be the first to admit that my photos don’t always look the best and almost always need some further help in the post processing process. The final version of this image is actually made up from three different shots taken one after the other. The three images taken only differ in exposure which allows me to capture a larger range of light and detail than you could achieve with a single shot. The three images are then merged together to create a High Dynamic Range image also known as HDR. (I plan on creating a HDR tutorial at a future date)

After the images are merged together I open it up in Photoshop to make the final adjustments to blend and adjust it as needed.

The Photo itself was taken just outside of Pacific City. This Haystack rock is just outside of Cape Kiwanda as is sometimes referred to as “the other Haystack Rock”. (As opposed to the popular tourist destination on Cannon Beach.) This Haystack rock is one of the largest standing at 327 feet tall and is the world’s fourth largest sea stack or off-shore sea monolith in the world. (taken from Wikipedia)

The picture was taken on a overcast and gloomy morning after I had gotten up very early in hopes to capture a sunrise that never happened. :-) It’s always hard to get Mother Nature to cooperate so you’ve got to take what you can get.

I plan to do more of these before/after type of post in the future with some of my other shots as well. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if your interested in more posts like this.

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  1. Diane Miller November 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Very cool! It was fun to see the change in the photo and to be able to move it back and forth. I loved your explanation. Great work.

  2. Jamie Dietz November 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    I would love to see more before and afters! Amazing!

  3. Michelle Fish November 23, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I would love to hear more about the process. I love seeing the process. And you know I love your photos!

  4. Alison November 23, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Okay I spent seriously too long playing with the slider. Very cool effect. I love how you can take what looks like a drizzly, gray day and make the clouds and colors pop. I would like to see more of the process and before/afters too!

  5. Kevin December 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    If you have a photo you’d like to see as a before/after let me know and I’ll get it done. :-)

  6. Dan Oldham December 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Love the website Kevin! It’s a very clean look and it runs really smooth.

    • Kevin December 15, 2010 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks Dan. Thanks for checking it out and the comments.

  7. Kelley January 21, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Love the before and after process… any chance I can find out how you do that? That would be wonderful to have to show clients how post processing can dramatically help their images. BTW, love this shot! Great landscapes and HDR… saw your work at

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