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Long Exposure - Athabasca River



A long exposure over the Athabasca river to Geraldine - Fryatt range of mountains

A long exposure over the Athabasca river to Geraldine - Fryatt range of mountains
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RickL June 30, 2019
Exceptional photography
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ashley_renee_0408 July 31, 2019
Love the cool blue tones👌
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petercoombes July 31, 2019
Thanks. The joys of long exposure.
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petercoombes July 31, 2019
@rickL. Thanks
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petercoombes Apr 26
Thanks to Viewbug for featuring my shot. Very unexpected.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is taken along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most breath taking roads in the world. The shot is across the Athabasca River towards the Geraldine - Fryatt range of mountains just south of Jasper in Alberta Canada.
Time
The shot was taken in the middle of the day.
Lighting
Slightly cloud covered but any time of day can work.
Equipment
Canon 5D4 mounted on a photo clam tripod. I would also have been using a Lee Filter holder with a 15 stop ND filter on the front of a 24-70mm F2.8L lens set at 24mm. The only other equipment were a couple of locally found rocks to hold the tripod down as I had it lying down over the edge of the river.
Inspiration
Inspiration for this photo was to try and capture the speed, scale and volume of water flowing down the Athabasca River while in the Snow melt season. The Long exposure gives you a nice extension to the clouds and reduces some the details un necessary elements but accentuates the detail in others. For example the little choppy waves on the river are reduced and the slight white water over the rock has been emphasized.
Editing
Post processing of this image would fit into the normal range of Colour balance, and exposure tweaks with any normal editing process. All the hard work is done in the camera.
In my camera bag
5D4, Canon 24-70L F2.8, Canon 100-400L f4.5/5.6, Lee Filters 6,10 and 15 stop ND's + holder, Cam ranger remote release (with Cell), Photo Clam 6" Tripod with a gimble (Wildlife) or Video head (3 axis movement), Black Tape for covering know light leaks on the long exposures.
Feedback
When shooting Long Exposures you need to consider how the movement will be seen. Clouds goes all streaky and long, Water can go to looking absolutely flat with fluffy white patches where it breaks over hidden rock. When making your composition consider what the elements will look like, if the clouds are moving straight towards you, you will get radial stripes if they are going sideways it can lead the eye out of the image. Consider where to put the interesting water details and compose accordingly. If you include trees which are blowing in the breeze they can look ghostly and not always appealing. Long Exposure is all about trial and error and that is what draws me to it. There is always an unexpected element until the image is captured.

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