I was hoping I’d get a chance to capture the pier near sunset or even at the blue hour, but played tourist and had dinner with friends instead. Following dinner my patient wife gave me 30 minutes to do what I want so I thought why not give it a chance and see if I can get a fun ferris wheel shot reflecting off the water. This was also my first time taking a nightscape. As I rushed to the beach I didn’t realize how far it was trying to rush towards the shore when the time was ticking. First I was afraid they would shut down the rides since it was past 10:00 pm and I wasn’t sure if I could get a good reflection as it seem liked high tide had already passed. I also decided that getting wet was not an option at this time. What made it worse is that damn ferris wheel barely spinned and the lights on the wheel kept turning off or changing randomly.
The end result is a FAILED attempt and came out nowhere near what I envisioned, especially since I would have preferred some sunlight in the mix. I wasn’t able to get a good reflection of the wheel due to the lower tide, but may have been possible with more patience and willingness to get wet. I believe the wheel was not moving in these particular shots, however the lights were doing its random changing. On a good note it was a nice learning experience.
Shots taken with T2i and 10-22 @ 22mm. 3 exposures at 2.5, 5, 10 seconds, f/8, ISO 100. Basic adjustments in LR3 -> HDR in Photomatix Pro ->LR3 -> Nik CEP4 -> Nik Viveza2 -> LR3.
Night shot of Santa Monica Pier, CA