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Focal Length: 18mm
Shutter Speed: 20 minutes
My first shot of the winter season. For this shot I was also experimenting with stacking ND filters plus testing out my calculations on how long to keep the shutter open. I would say that the calculations are accurate but I was taking this shot during the sunrise which was a little tricky. When you take your base shot to get the shutter speed and then calculate what your new shutter speed should be based on how many stops your ND filter is (in this case it was 19 stops with 2 filters stacked) and the sun is slowly brightening things up, it changes so you have to kind of guess. My calculations were at about 25 minutes but since the lighting was a bit tricky I decided to go for 20 minutes.
Why did I want such a long shutter time? Because the clouds were moving really slow and I did a 5 minute shot but you couldn’t really see any movement in the clouds. I think 20 minutes really got me where I wanted the shot to be at. As I said before though is that I was also experimenting to test my calculations to make sure I knew what I was doing.
You may also notice that the focus is more on the foreground and not so much on the background. The reason for this is because I wasn’t looking for a typical landscape shot to try and get most of the scene in focus. I was more interested in the foreground and not so much in the background, except the clouds. I liked how the ice didn’t come all the way to the shore and there were a couple rocks sticking out of the water a bit. I also liked that you could see other rocks in the water as well. I wanted to get closer to the rocks but slippery conditions and the way the bank was did not allow me to do this. It took me roughly about 1.5 hours to get this shot due to multiple shots to get the effect I wanted along with time it took to get things set up in single digit temps. The good thing is that I was able to take time to warm my hands up between shots.
I’m hoping to get some more photos processed that I have taken recently to show more things I’ve been working on. I’m not so much concerned about the quality of the photos at this point but just learning some different techniques that I’m hoping to refine and use for some better photos in the future.