- I waited for the sea to pull out and the sand to briefly become glossy. So it reflected the color in the hole in the clouds and the sky off the left side of the frame.
- sweet! - joαnnα.bαnαnα ☮
- I moved around to get the structure entirely in front of the clouds. Too much contrast otherwise.
- I moved back to get the entire wheel in front of the clouds so that it stood out more and simplified the composition.
- The exposure time was limited to this bright patch of sand. I did not want this over-exposed.
- Usually I leave people out, but here is seemed better to have them in there.
- In the full-sized version, you can read the text here.
- The wheel moved only one spoke along during the 4-second exposure, but that was enough to fill the wheel with light.
- I was hoping for the color of the wheel to complement the reflected color of the sky with the golden sand. Fortunately it happened.
- This was our escape boat, in case the paps broke through the security barriers.
- like - Aaron Dinham
Santa Monica Spin #3 - Santa Monica Pier, California
This is a view from the first annual Greater Los Angeles Summit of Fine Art Photography held at the usual place just south of the Santa Monica Pier. hehe... No HDR!
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Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105L @40
4-second exposure @F13
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 (two filters would create reflections with these lights)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Space was extremely limited due to heavy demand and the heavy publicity going on for at least 5 whole minutes before the big moment. So, there were a total of 3 lucky attendees including Jim Patterson, Kendra Karr, and me. Once the paparazzi were cleared from the beach by the security team, and the the airspace was cleared of helicopters, we shot the breeze for a while and then got down to business. Also, this was a 100% chimping-free summit!
This is the new wheel that was installed after the old one was sold on eBay for US $132,400 to an Oklahoma developer sight unseen! See this photo with the old wheel for more information. This is a very high-tech wheel with programmable lights that can create patterns and images. Also, it is powered by the solar panels you see in front of the wheel.
The good news is that the wheel changes colors and patterns every few seconds. So every shot looks completely different it seems. The bad news is that you only get about 10 minutes where the light is even enough to get a decent exposure across the entire frame. That is the brief period when the lights are bright, but not too bright and there is light in the sky. The other bad news is that it takes about 7 minutes to fill up the wheel with passengers before it spins 2 or 3 times and then stops again. So I really only got a few minutes during the entire evening where the wheel was in motion and the light was good at the same time. Still, I managed to get a few nice ones!
Thanks goes out to Jim for saving my water shoes from a danger-filled trans-Pacific voyage initiated by a quickly rising tide!
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