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Bare Claw

by on Oct.21, 2021, under Photography

Probably my favourite shot of the session

I’d tried processing one of the exposure bracketed sets (of 9 images) of this vertical composition taken whilst the sun was still up in the sky – but well – meh…

I basically couldn’t be a$$ed editing the rest of those bracketed sets I took whilst the sun was up

Bare Claw

Bare Claw

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14.5 mm, 93 sec at f/11, ISO 64

Instead after the sun had finally just dipped over the horizon the whispy high clouds above started to really light up. The best of it lasted only a few minutes. This one’s taken only minutes after sunset

Here I’ve dropped in an ND64 (6 stop ND filter) stacked with the 3 stop reverse grad and the CPL. The effect of which drags out the shutter to a minute and a half. This allows the churning water and waves to render as smooth milk (and reflect the cloud colour). It also drags out the moving clouds creating this giant red claw in the sky. (actually it looks more claw like in the long exposure frame I took before this – but that was started right on sunset and the clouds hadn’t turned red yet)

The result… almost perfection on a very pleasant evening


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