In today’s image we have a typical sunrise scene from the waterfront here in Burlington. I was walking around early one morning and I saw the opportunity to take a long exposure here with the streaking clouds above. I really liked this composition because to me it told a story about the activity that goes on here even early in the morning. There are boats, Barge poles and a moody sort of dark feel from this early morning image. I was drawn to this composition because of the barge pole and boat in the foreground but I also liked the nautical feel to the image.
The boat in the foreground belongs to the University of Vermont and they use it to conduct research out on Lake Champlain. This image had its share of problems and I was disappointed with the results however I look forward to trying to re-shoot this composition in the Summer when the boats return here. The major changes I made here were:
1. Crop and straighten. Fix some slight lens distortion.
2. White balance was off but due in part to the Lee Big Stopper. Easy fix.
3. My exposure was way off. Much to dark out resulting in a really long exposure.
4. Had to crank the ISO to 400 which is what I like to call a “long exposure killer.”
5. High ISO + too much exposure time = grainy image. 😦
6. A persistent dust spot which I tried to fix but proved quite challenging. This would need a little more work if I were to print this one. I would also probably add some grain back into this one as a black and white for a print.
Image Data: ISO 400 (Don’t ever go this high with a long exposure!) 17mm. F11 @ 243 seconds. Lee Big Stopper neutral density filter.
Below is the original camera raw capture with no edits or processing: