Sometimes you forget how to work your camera. It does happen. I don’t get out to shoot with the frequency I used to. That leads to situations where I have to take a few extra moments to remember how to bracket shots or where the 30 second exposure stops and the bulb function (photographer decides how long the long exposure beyond 30 seconds is going to be) begins.
Fortunately, the benefit of not rushing to take a photograph is the chance to take your time to get not only the technical aspects, but also the composition of the photo right. And then you take a few more just in case.
I tend to lean towards long exposure photography when I am Lake Tahoe. The water surface is rarely still and if captured with a faster shutter speed, the surface just becomes a distraction and does not provide a relatively uniform backdrop for the main element(s) of the photo.
This final composition has one primary element along with two sub-elements to help balance the primary. See if you are thinking on the same wavelength I am here. The primary element is the pier set against the opaque water. The two sub-elements are the dark rocks in the lower portion of the image and the land extending out from the top right (Sugar Pine Point). While the pier is centered in the image, it is weighted towards the left with the additional pier pilings and ladder. The two sub-elements anchor the right side.
What was omitted were the mountain peaks in the sunlit distance. While interesting to see in and of itself, the peaks would likely fall into the category to trying to put too many elements into one image. Hopefully you agree. If not, I’d certainly like to hear you thoughts on the photograph.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 120mm, f/11, 30 sec
“West Shore” Lake Tahoe (CA), Kaspian Public Pier, Sugar Pine Point, Long Exposure. Tahoe City, CA. July 16, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.