After our sunrise shoot at Glebe I headed into the city to meet some other friends shooting some Australia Day festivities in The Rocks. I’d parked in World Square and then came up into the main courtyard between all the skyscrapers – it was still early and there were almost no people about. I’m not sure why I looked up but I’m thankful I did; up in the sky above there were these hundreds of smaller puffs of clouds with blue inbetween and the clouds were moving rapidly through the sky. It looked perfect for that urban architecture long exposure I’d been meaning to do here for some time.
I’d left some of my gear (including my tripod) in the car so I just manually prefocused the lens and a rough angle of view, fitted the screw in B+W 10 stop ND to the 16-35, and just sat the camera upside down on the pavement pointing up with the remote release attached and fired away – I got two attempts and just like that it clouded over with thick heavy foggy clouds and the moment was gone.
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Here we have 30 seconds @ f/11 at ISO 100 and 20mm… converted to monochrome of course…