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Petrochemical industry at the port of Antwerp

A night of fun discoveries: night and long exposure photography, industry at night, the port of Antwerp...

A night of fun discoveries: night and long exposure photography, industry at night, the port of Antwerp...

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Contest Finalist in Industry Photo Contest
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ircacaplikas January 25, 2018
Looks spooky- impressive!
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KristinaOers January 26, 2018
Thanks very much Irca! :-)
Roussou February 02, 2018
Great shot. I think the the smoke and steam makes this photo and the reflection of course.
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KristinaOers February 03, 2018
thanks a lot Hans!
tttony March 01, 2018
Great use of shutter speed and what it did to the smoke. I also like the textured look of the water.
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KristinaOers March 01, 2018
Thanks Very much Anthony!! :-)
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Pjerry March 01, 2018
Agree, colors and "mist" (it's smoke :) ) works very well.
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KristinaOers March 01, 2018
Thanks Pjerry :)
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eelcovanroden March 04, 2018
Congratulations on your great Contest Finalist!!
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KristinaOers March 05, 2018
Thanks very much Eelco :-)
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Joviaal November 11, 2019
Artistic proof of air pollution. Wonderful long exposure composition. Well deserved photo contest finalist!
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KristinaOers November 11, 2019
Absolutely, so polluting, both air and light pollution... but so satisfying to photograph... Thanks very much Joop!!

Behind The Lens

I took this photo at the port of Antwerp in Belgium. I had never been there at night so it was a nice surprise to discover this wonderland of little lights and movement at night.
In the middle of a beautiful but fairly dark and windy night.... my boss, whom is also interested in photography, and I had made plans to learn and try out long exposure photography. He knew the location and off we went. It was rather cold and it certainly did not smell of roses but we had loads of fun and we learned a lot too!
No additional lighting was needed at all, it was like walking through an industrial winter wonderland with all the little lights and colours surrounded by water and reflections everywhere...
I used my Nikon D750 with the Nikon VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E lens, on the Manfrotto MT055CSPRO3 Carbon Tripod, no flash, using a remote shutter release.
I wanted to learn long exposure photography and was looking for a nice place. I was completely taken with the view, so I tried to get the best and most balanced view of this beautifully lit petrochemical plant, the condensation and smoke moving to one side, the water as still as a mirror, the lights, the flames ... it all looked exactly the way I pictured it in my mind's eye.
I developed the raw file in Capture One Pro, mainly for cropping, protecting highlights and picking up shadows a little, and taking off a horrible sensor spot! My settings were F/16, 10s, ISO 100 in manual mode.
In my camera bag
My macrolenses, a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 and/or the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 are always in a separate bag, and in my carrier bag I have the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 and the Nikon VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E. When I can't carry too much bulk or weight, I take my Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, a very satisfying travel lens. And always accompanying me are, besides my polarizing and UV filters, the wonderful little Manfrotto Pixi EVO mini-tripod, the LensPen DSLR Pro kit, spare SD cards and spare batteries.
A wonderful feature on the Nikon D750 is the addition of a shutter speed setting labeled "--", which you'll find between the BULB and x200 settings (the Nikon D810 has it too). It allows for manual exposure time and starts when you press the shutter button once and it ends when you press the shutter button again. It comes in very handy! If you want to learn something specific, look for tutorials online, there are very many. Check out a few, select the one you like most and then... pick a nice location with a nightly scene you like and go out, try whenever and whatever you can. It is so much fun to keep learning!

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