This post is rather ironic after my post yesterday about not including everything in a composition. Here in this photograph is the entire Truss Bridge and the reflection of the “hidden” Rainbow Bridge in Folsom. Hidden in the sense that you cannot see it behind the Truss Bridge silhouette in this photo. Not to worry, I did photograph a vignette of this scene in subsequent photographs, but after beginning post on this photo, it was probably best to continue with the effort and end up with a “final” product.
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The 10-stop ND filter was used so I could to extend the shutter speed to 45 seconds. The river had slight ripples and using such a long shutter speed allowed me to smooth out the water surface.
So here’s the lesson today. I like the branches coming up from the bottom of the image, but what I did not like were the tree and the branches on the left side of the image. Clutter. There was an area 3 feet behind me and slightly more elevated and to the right that I avoided because it was full of dried thistle plants. I mean, who really wants to be stuck with thistle needles while trying to be “one with nature” and enjoying a photo shoot? Yes, I really should have sucked it up and gone for the better shot. That’s the lesson.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 48mm, f/22, 45 sec
Folsom (CA), Truss Bridge, Rainbow Bridge Reflection, Sunset, Long Exposure. American River, Folsom, CA. November 16, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.