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It wouldn't be summer if we didn't take some long exposure shots! I have been working on my BW post processing. This seemed like a good image to try....
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It wouldn't be summer if we didn't take some long exposure shots! I have been working on my BW post processing. This seemed like a good image to try.
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CWphotos5 April 14, 2015
Outstanding capture...the B&W works wonderful with those clouds!

Behind The Lens

This is one of the first long exposure night shots I took. One lovely summer evening in August 2012 a few friends and I headed down to Crescent Beach in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada to practice our night photography.
We arrived early to scout out locations and work on our compositions so that we would be ready when the blue hour arrived.
I started shooting as soon as the sun dipped below the horizon, but the images that really worked were five to ten minutes later.
This image was shot with a Nikon D90, F22, 30sec, ISO 100, with the kit 18-105 kit lens at 18mm.
One of the friends I was with does amazing long exposures, of water and clouds, stacking ND filters and taking images that take up to twenty minutes to expose. I love some of his images and wanted to give it a try. I don't think I will ever have the patience to wait twenty minutes between shots, lol. But long exposure water has become one of my favorite things to shoot.
My post processing skills have improved immensely since I took this picture two years ago. I have always liked the image so decided to go back to the raw file and process it from scratch. My digital darkroom has also grown. This was processed mainly in Photoshop CC, converted to BW in Nik SilverFX, sharpened in Alienskin. Maybe even some Topaz and OnOne Perfect Effects thrown in. I process visually so I tend to jump around programs a lot. I have learned which one's give me the best of different things. Everything is layered in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I have a Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-105, 50 prime, 105 Macro, 55-300 Zoom, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 150-500, two Nikon SB700 Flash. Tripod, ND Filters... and that is heavy enough thank you very much!
Find somewhere close that you can go too often. There are a few waterfalls close to home that I visit a few times a month. That way I can practice my composition and technique. Find what works, what doesn't. That way when I go somewhere far away I have a better chance getting some awesome shots. They weren't lying when they said "practice makes perfect"! Oh yeah, have fun.

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