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Long exposure of Panther beach, Davenport, Ca.

Long exposure of Panther beach, Davenport, Ca.
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nitti
 
nitti October 26, 2013
Outstanding...congrats on the award
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade October 27, 2013
Impressive LE....well done and congrats!.....Brian
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jleiweke October 29, 2013
Congrats!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at Panther beach, which is several miles north of Santa Cruz, California. The coastline in this area is relatively undeveloped, most of it being farmed for local vegetables such as brussel sprouts. To get on this rock formation, the tide and sand level in this channel have to cooperate. If the sand is too low, you can't find an accessible foothold to climb up. And if the tide is high, forget about it.
Time
This was taken around sunset in April, which would be around 6pm or slightly later.
Lighting
This was taken during a clearing storm. The sun is setting off to the right, and these clouds were moving rapidly from right to left as I took a series of one-minute exposures, light bouncing off the clouds and the cliffs in the distance. As usually happens here on the California coast, the clouds rarely stick around for long after a storm. The sky was clear just minutes after this exposure was taken.
Equipment
This was taken with an Olympus E-1 with Zuiko 9-18 wide angle lens, and a B+W 10 stop filter on a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod.
Inspiration
It's all about the clouds. I tend to go out when the sky looks interesting. This shot was all about the movement of the clouds and the play of light off of them. The 10-stop filter helps give it a dream-like quality.
Editing
Very little here. Some slight contrast adjustments and bringing up the shadows.
In my camera bag
Right now I'm shooting with a Pentax K5, Tamron 17-50, Sigma 10-20 and Pentax 55-300. I also pack a 10 stop ND filter, a 6-stop ND filter, circular polarizer, headlamp, and the usual accessories like extra battery, cable release, lens cloths, and memory cards.
Feedback
Slow down and really pay attention to your compositions. If what you see in your viewfinder doesn't inspire you, work the scene until it does. Check your settings to make sure you are at your preferred iso. Check to see if your lenses are staying clean. There's nothing worse than getting home and finding that water spots have ruined all your shots. The main thing is to take what the light gives you. Sometimes that isn't very much. There's always another day. Keep looking for things that inspire you. A year from now, it might be something entirely different.

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