Long Exposures at Mid-Tide

I’ve been experimenting with long exposures lately.  I suppose you could thank Matt Kloskowski for sparking my interest.  Please understand that these are my very first attempts.

There are several places on Vashon Island for finding disused pylons and other maritime detritus in the water.  The challenge is that when the tide goes out, it goes way out.  There’s not much point in shooting extra long exposures when nothing in the frame is moving.  Fortunately the tide is in just enough at the evening golden hour right now.  This first image was shot with the shutter open for 65 seconds.

This next one was shot at 30 seconds (on a different day from the previous image) during a fantastic sunset.

I held the shutter open for 59 seconds on this one and decided to give it a split-tone treatment.

Even with a 10-stop neutral density filter, I still  needed a really small aperture to drag the shutter as long as I wanted.  Aperture sizes beyond about f/13 showed me that I had a bit of an issue with my D800.  Turns out there was quite a bit of oil on the sensor.  It had been there since I got the thing about a year ago, but I didn’t really notice the problem when shooting at wider apertures with a more shallow depth of field.  Anyway, I had to get it cleaned.  Now I don’t have to clone out countless halo’d dots in Photoshop.

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