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Romancoke Pier

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There simply hasn’t been much time for photography lately.  In August I started a new job, which although was a very good career move for me, has altered the work-life balance tremendously.  Not complaining, but my camera sat dormant from Thanksgiving, until Thursday of the this past week.

To ring in winter in Maryland, we have been treated to 65+ degree weather this weekend.  Yesterday, I actually did yard work in shorts/t-shirt and was warm.  This morning work beckoned with an early AM fire to be extinguished. Unable to sleep afterward, I packed up the gear and went about 25 minutes east to Romancoke Pier, on Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County Maryland.

Filter photography has grabbed my attention lately.  I’ve had a 2 stop graduated ND filter for a number of years but never really learned to use it, and it’s sat dormant most of the time I’ve owned it.  The shot above was taken about 45 minutes before the sunrise.  The shot is set at ISO 100, F/18, 66second exposure.

Tip: Long exposure photography chews your battery quickly.  Shortly after the sunrise, I turned to a nesting pair of Bald Eagle perched in a tree about 100 yards away.  When I loaded the long lens on the camera and started to set up the my battery went dead.  So no photos of the Eagles.  Crud!

Not sure if I’ll post before Christmas, if not Happy Holidays to all!

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2 Comments

  1. Drew Harrah says:

    Great shot Nels. The long exposure looks really good.

    I got a set of junky ND filters a few years back and haven’t spent enough time with them to get decent results. Yet.

    • Nels says:

      Thanks Drew.

      I went to a seminar a few wks ago where we used them. I am about done w/ HDR, and it seems nd filter photography gives me what I was looking for in a single image. Hoping Santa leaves a few filters for me tonight….

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