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JeanneRotaMatthews July 26, 2017
Nice composition and colors
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Alwolfe October 22, 2017
Very nice photo!
 
LEANNEXX18 Feb 07
Wow, great shot
 
harmeetsingh Mar 03
excellent
 
harmeetsingh Mar 03
excellent

Lighthouse Park Sunset



I showed my friend Gereon the gorgeous lighthouse park and we spent almost all day there. This picture was taken before sunset, but also just before a massive t...
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I showed my friend Gereon the gorgeous lighthouse park and we spent almost all day there. This picture was taken before sunset, but also just before a massive thunderstorm that was happening behind our backs..
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the gorgeous Lighthouse Park, located in West Vancouver, British Columbia. It is one of the most scenic parks around Vancouver and one of the best locations to watch sunsets
Time
This is my most favourite picture I've taken at the lighthouse so far. I arrived just in time before sunset while a heavy storm came rolling in. I walked to the far end of the rocks for the best angle of the lighthouse. I've been here many times and I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I did a series of long exposures - around 3-4 minutes exposure each, before I set the timer and walked to the little rock that I placed for better composition into frame. I set the timer for a series of images and I was posing there for a couple of minutes to get a nice self portrait and add a person for scale to the image. Just when I came back to review my pictures the storm came in and I had to pack my equipment before I got flushed off the slippery rocks
Lighting
I was really lucky to arrive at the best time at this great location. It was a stunning spectacle to watch the sun setting while a storm came in front of it. The long exposure and speed of the clouds transformed the sky into a magical light The long exposure also helped to smooth out the water and perfected the image I was hoping to get I love combining long exposure photography with a human element for composition and framing
Equipment
This was shot with a Pentax K-3 and Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and Lee Filter "Big Stopper" at 24mm | f14 | 180sec exposure | ISO 100 mixed with an exposure of 1/30 and the same settings for the self portrait I used the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Giottos MH 1302-210C Pro Series II Ballhead all packed together into the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Camera Backpack
Inspiration
I've been doing a series of 12 photos for a calender all year with the same theme: stunning locations with a long exposure water element, like waterfalls, lakes or sea mixed with a self portrait. I've been at many exciting places all along the northern west coast of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. This picture was selected for September as it represents the beginning of fall for us in Vancouver
Editing
I love using Adobe Lightroom for my library and post processing purpose. In general I'm doing a series of corrections and touch ups of the water and sky. Long Exposure always results in some little artifacts I like to remove, including general colour corrections and monochromatic aberration removal. I used Photoshop to blend the two exposures together, the long exposure of the water and sky and the short exposure for my self portrait and vegetation
In my camera bag
I've always been in the outdoors facing all kinds of weather conditions. I decided early on to go a little bit more exotic to select Pentax as my main DSRL. The Pentax K-3 series has been a true companion through any kind of climate, from heavy rain and humidity to snow and ice. Thanks to it's weather sealing. For landscapes I love my two Sigma lenses, the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM. I never leave on a trip without my Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Giottos MH 1302-210C Pro Series II Ballhead and Lee Filters Big Stopper. I have a Canon ERC-E4M Medium EOS DSLR Rain Cover for additional protection against heavy rain. The Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Camera Backpack is my choice of bag to carry all my equipment
Feedback
I try to plan my trips in advance with the help of smart-phone apps for weather and sun direction. Google and instragram are a great inspiration to find new and different places. I like to scout a new location and spend some time there before I decide where I'll put my tripod and design the composition for a shot. Have patience and return to the same location a couple of times for best light and time of the year. It's worth waiting for the fall to add nice colours for the trees to your picture Long Exposure photography requires quite some planning in advance and each photograph takes a while to take. Be aware that sunset can change the exposure time rapidly with each picture you take. Decide if you really require a 5 minute or more exposure or if 30 seconds may be enough

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