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Winner in Monsoon (color) - show me your best shot Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Beauty In The Clouds Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Exposures Marketplace Project
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People's Choice in Long Exposure Photo Challenge
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21 Comments | Report
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka August 24, 2015
Excellent composition and light management.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo February 03, 2016
Congrats on being a Finalist, Gayle!
jimpainter
 
jimpainter February 12, 2016
Prescott. I was there today.
DanielGarrison
 
DanielGarrison March 05, 2016
Awesome!
ellenhodges1
 
ellenhodges1 March 14, 2016
Huge congtrats, Gayle!!!
ellenhodges1
 
ellenhodges1 March 14, 2016
Huge congtrats, Gayle!!!
Deboodle PRO
 
Deboodle May 17, 2016
Love, love, lov it!!!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 20, 2016
Congrats, Gayle, on being a Finalist, again!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 25, 2016
Beautifully done Gayle! Congrats.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 February 24, 2017
Your landscapes are superb !
sandmania
 
sandmania February 24, 2017
Stunning shot
beeoxierrod
 
beeoxierrod March 14, 2017
STUNNING!!
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 December 23, 2018
love it!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo February 09, 2019
You're Queen of Water and Rocks! Congrats, Gayle!
speterson6
 
speterson6 September 19, 2019
Extraordinary scene. Has a somewhat painterly feel. Nice work Gayle.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 17, 2019
Absolutely gorgeous
RickL PRO+
 
RickL July 13, 2020
Exceptional composition,excellent lighting
Lorlee_Lee_Murray PRO+
 
Lorlee_Lee_Murray August 27, 2020
Congratulations on Winning my challenge! Awesome photo!
rixtportugal PRO+
 
rixtportugal August 27, 2020
Amazing picture, Gayle! Congrats
giselletopper PRO+
 
giselletopper August 28, 2020
Congratulations on your challenge win! Amazing capture.
Xbizdean PRO+
 
Xbizdean Feb 10
Do you ever take a bad photography? Love all of your work. Such a great eye...

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Watson Lake, Prescott AZ. Also know as "the Dells", an outcropping of large granite boulders with the lake weaving amongst them. As water levels rise and fall, more of the structures are revealed so the landscape is in constant change. Shortly after getting the shot, the skies opened the floodgates of heavy rain followed by lightening.
Time
Early morning for this shoot. I had to wait for the light to improve. I practiced with different exposures during the lag-time.
Lighting
Each summer, Arizona gets their "monsoon" season. Billowing cumulus clouds fill the skies, followed by heavy rains, thunder, lightning and wind. The lighting was mysterious and ominous with fast moving clouds, rapidly changing the light.
Equipment
Canon 1DX, tripod, Big Stopper (10 stop) ND filter, wide angle lens.
Inspiration
At the time I was taking a class in long exposure photography. This was a class assignment. After many trips to the lake, finally got the skies, lighting, reflection and composition for this shot. It took several tries to get the timing exactly right, as long exposures differ time-wise from one situation to another.
Editing
Most post-processing was done in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop, some dodging and burning, with minimal cloning .
In my camera bag
I carry two packs, each with a camera (one with a long lens, one with a wide angle) in each. At the time I had the Canon 1DX, Canon 16-24mm lens. The other camera is a Nikon D800e with a Nikon 70-200mm lens. Also carry one or two ND filters (10, 13, 16 stop), exposure guide...Hitech screw-on with step-up adaptor, 10 stop Big Stopper with adapter. Also have lens cleaning kit, Gitzo tripod, Really Right Stuff monopod, spare batteries, flashlight and water (I live in Arizona!).
Feedback
When taking long exposures, it is good to have an app or table to help give you some guide for how long to expose for particular lighting and conditions. These are excellent for finding a starting point for exposure. Dramatic skies and lighting are key. Having ND filters are pretty much necessary for long exposures during full sun and bright light as you need to be able to leave your shutter open longer. A tripod is mandatory as it prevents camera-shake at slow shutter speeds. I find it usually takes more than one shot to get it exactly right..and lots of practice (at least for me). With long exposures, it can take several minutes with every exposure, but well worth the wait.

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