San Francisco, Fishing Pier, Bright Highlights, Long Exposure

ISO200, 18mm, f/11, 30 sec
Candlestick Point, San Francisco, CA

Pulling a previously unpublished image from the archives.  This was shot as part of a 3 or 5 exposure bracketed series to be used in an HDR.  An HDR was processed long ago, but I was never completely sold on the final image.  Here I used the longest exposure of the series (and would thus start off as the brightest) and processed with a bias towards a high key style with low contrast in the lighting.

The newly acquired (at the time) B+W 10-stop neutral density filter was employed to achieve the 30 second exposure in the daytime.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

Yes, I have literally run out of new photographs that I like enough to process and post.  I also learned a valuable lesson today.  Spot metering the darker ground while the sky has a brightly lit sunset is a bad idea.  It is an even worse idea when you don’t have a graduated filter and try to bring back the blown out sky using the graduated filter in Lightroom.  It just does not look right.  At the very least use center-weighted metering or expose one shot each for the sky and ground and blend in Photoshop.

EXIF data: Nikon D50, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 200, 18mm, f/11, 30 sec

San Francisco, Fishing Pier, Bright Highlights, Long Exposure. San Francisco, CA. June 12, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


5 thoughts on “San Francisco, Fishing Pier, Bright Highlights, Long Exposure

    1. Thanks Melinda. It is interesting (at least to me) that when I was shooting these initial set of bracketed shots, I focused on creating an HDR with as much details as possible and darkening the mood. Now 2-1/2 years later, I’ve taken an almost completely different processing approach, reducing details and going with a high tone-like feel. 🙂


        1. I certainly have a style, partially conscious, partially not. I prefer sharpening and having details. What has helped me be more diverse in how I shoot and process is to see a photograph by someone else that really stands out and see if I can incorporate that style in how I already shoot.


          1. I agree – I am inspired/influenced nearly every day by photos I see on blogs. I also go to Light Stalking ( frequently and look around and read the articles. I don’t want to get in a rut, but I have sort of naturally-short attention span, so that’s rarely an issue!


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