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A Slow Sunset Opera…

by on Oct.14, 2013, under Life, Photography

OK amidst the inundation of International Fleet Review imagery I figured I’d put something in my stream more in my usual style 🙂

Whilst waiting for the epic light and fireworks spectacular, I was hoping we’d get some nice sunset colours (with me looking east (away from the setting sun) towards the Opera House from my location at Dawes Point).

So how do you simplify the scene and get rid of a harbour full of hundreds and hundreds of boats, ships and other water craft, not to mention helicopters and planes in the sky, without having to resort to an insane amount of cloning? Why an insanely slow shutter and a very long exposure of course. This shot is about 15 minutes before sunset and I left it running whilst I went away to do other things (setup a remote camera at the top of the projector tower).

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Here we have a lazy 367 second (more than six minutes) exposure in falling light and it remarkably turned out as I’d hoped pretty much straight out of camera. With the last kiss of amber light from the setting sun hitting the sails and lighting the lower clouds, and at the same time almost all the moving vessels have vanished from my frame.

A Slow Sunset Opera

A Slow Sunset Opera

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm, 367.00 sec at f/8, ISO 200

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