5 Minutes in Downtown
Day Two Hundred and Forty. So, there I am, leaving work on a Friday afternoon and I casually look up to see low hanging, fast moving, fluffy white clouds. Essentially ideal conditions for long exposure. I make my way downtown as fast as I legally can (ok, maybe just a little faster than that ... these kinds of clouds don't stick around for long) and set up across the river. I compose for a bog-standard skyline shot. The city isn't the subject of my interest here. I dial in a five-minute exposure, actuate the shutter, and proceed to mill around aimlessly for the next 10 minutes (man, Long Exposure Noise Reduction is just tonnes of fun). Finally, I check the back of my camera and I literally can't believe what I'm looking at. This. This is the future of my photography. Thank you so much, Joel Tjintjelaar
, for introducing me to ultra long exposure!
For the first image, I made 2 different versions. The first is 95% Lightroom with 5% cleanup in Photoshop. The second is 100% Silver Efex Pro. Which version do you like better?
The third image is mostly included just to show that 5 minute long exposures don't always look amazing, haha :)