Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Obama Town, Nagasaki, Japan
Date: Feb 26, 2011
Galleries: Landscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2011
|This was taken on a small beach in Obama, Japan (yes, the town is named Obama). I live nearby. I was actually on the way to see a fireworks show, but the sky was doing amazing things so I stopped to shoot the sunset on a small beach I found. I took some more standard sunset shots first, but as the sun went behind the clouds, the rocks gave the beach an otherworldly feel. I wanted to see if I could bring that feeling out with a long exposure to make the water misty around the rocks.
I was challenged in taking this photo with 1) the lack of an extreme wide angle, and 2) having bought Singh-Ray neutral grads, but not having a holder for my lens. The best I could do for problem 1 was, as always, to keep my lens stuck at the 18mm end, and angle it down in such a way that the wide-angle effect would be increased. For 2), at the start I tried handholding the filters, but on a 20-second+ exposure it was too difficult to keep them positioned correctly without bumping the lens and tripod. So I gave in and busted out a screw-in grad. I knew I wanted a panorama-like look anyway, so I decided to stick the horizon in the middle, on the grad filter line, and then crop off a chunk of the sky later. That's exactly what I did, and I'm really happy with how it came out.
Other than a raw conversion and the crop, I did very little editing. The sky that day was amazing and it gave me everything I wanted.
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