Preston Grounds, Wind Blown Sidelit Grasses

ISO100, 68mm, f/16, 1.3 sec
Preston Castle Grounds, Ione, CA

A photo opportunity delayed by a day.  With the winds gusting over the last two days, the idea was to shoot a slightly slower shutter speed to capture the movement of the grass.  Unfortunately, gusty winds in the Spring equate to pollen and dust to flying through the air even to people with minor allergies.  Luckily with some self-administered overdosing of relief tablets, I only missed one day of shooting.

(Click through the image for the 700px view)

The initial idea was to head towards a local pasture during midday and use a 10-stop ND filter to force long exposure times.  Yet the thought of going through the exercise of focusing, switching the lens to manual, carefully screwing on the filter and then shooting one shot before repeating the process for each composition just did not seem appealing.  So the next best plan was to shoot much later in the day, stomp down on the aperture setting (to f/16), and shooting at a much slower 1.3 second shutter to compensate.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 68mm, f/16, 1.3 sec

Preston Grounds, Wind Blown Sidelit Grasses. Ione, California. April 09, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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