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The Shipwreck II



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6 Comments | Report
williamboles
 
williamboles January 11, 2018
What a great image it makes me want to explore
3577_9939
 
3577_9939 April 29, 2018
Amazing
nickvandewater
 
nickvandewater May 01, 2018
beautiful!
ernman
 
ernman January 29, 2019
Fabulous!
JohnMcBath
 
JohnMcBath October 01, 2020
Amazing shot
ragabelhmamy
 
ragabelhmamy December 11, 2021
Great Shot\n

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Selinitcha beach near Githeio in the Peloponnese region in Greece.
Time
This photo was captured right about after the sun has set into the sea on a breezy summer day a few years ago. I stood there for several hours, I got there approximately at 5pm and waited for the right moment, I hoped for a nice sunset, but that didn't happen.
Lighting
With the sun set, everything was getting dark, not dark enough for a very long exposure with my Nikon DSLR however. I didn't use any kind of artificial light source. Just the last rays of available natural light.
Equipment
This was shot on my trusty at the time Nikon D600, a Nikon 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 ultra-wide angle lens, a B+W ND filter and a very sturdy and steady Manfrotto tripod. A Nikon cabled remote shutter trigger was used along with Mirror-Lockup to make sure my long exposure would be sharp enough.
Inspiration
After having shot my first shipwreck, the "Mediterranean Sky" in Elefsina near Athens, Greece, I was drawn to similarly "good looking" shipwrecks. They were so simply giving me a dark & moody kind of feeling, a feeling of solitude and calmness that drew me into traveling to shoot this shipwreck as well. Before I even went there, I knew the kind of shot I wanted to achieve, and thankfully everything "clicked" and I managed to get this awesome result!
Editing
I can't lie, there's plenty of post-processing done for this image. While it isn't made up, you can visit the place and see the very same setting, I removed some silly graffiti off the shipwreck, swapped the dull sky with a more interesting one from my previous shots, and carefully treated the RAW development settings to achieve this contrasty and sharp looking Black & White composition.
In my camera bag
I'm the kind of "always prepared for any circumstance" type of guy. In my bag ( or even... bags ) you'll find everything a photographer may or may not need. Two or more DSLR camera bodies, 4-6 lenses, ND & circular polarization filters, speedlights, extra batteries, several storage cards, camera raincoats, a drone, LED lights, a heavyweight various outputs portable charger ( power bank ), a laptop, etc.
Feedback
Be prepared to visit the locations several times. The lighting conditions and the interesting ( or not ) sky have a huge effect on such images. Check where the sun rises from and sets at the target location with the help of applications such as TPE ( The Photographer's Ephemeris ), get a very sturdy tripod ( carry the weight, enjoy the benefits of capturing sharp shots even under very heavy winds ). If you have a raincoat, stay through the rain, my best picture from my first ever shipwreck visit was shot during relatively heavy rainfall. No "pain", no gain ( always be careful though! ). And always, try to go off the beaten path, look for a new angle, you never know when you're going to strike gold with an angle nobody has used/seen before!

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