Long Exposure Pre-Dawn At Forresters

Another one from my Forresters trip. Thought I'd process one of the long exposure shots as B&W.


This is probably my favorite time of the day (about 45 min before sunrise) as it is still almost pitch black, but you are just starting to get a feel for what sort of sunrise you will get).


(Although focusing is definitely a bitch :-)

  • Garry PRO 8y

    My favorite mate, the simplicity and tranquility is overwhelming. Well done, you rock!

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  • Brian Rueb 8y

    amazing shot...perfect in all aspects.
  • pearsophoto PRO 8y

    Lovely arrangement of shapes and great composition - sharp textured foreground, smooth middle ground and mysterious background
  • ~CanonGrl97~ PRO 8y

    Amazing work!
  • The Sage of Shadowdale 8y

    So very cool. Everything about it is great!
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  • Jason Theaker PRO 8y

    Ooo how did I not see this earlier! WOW its ace!
  • Xavi Fuentes 8y

    nice detail and atmosphere...
  • Jason Theaker PRO 8y

    Brent this is just wonderful! Not sure how to find something wrong with it.
    I love the crisp foreground (if anything just a bit too sharp but not much). The middle soft foreground, gives this a really calm feel to it, which very nicely junkstaposed against the sharp foreground and dark mid-distance.

    If I had to pick anything out to comment on, (and this is pushing it) I’d say the light area might be better cropped out. Keeping the three elements to a more classic composition. I feel the image feels too light compositionally at the top, but on a fast moving tide it’s hard to wait for clouds to move up for you (o:

    And if I'm honest (after spending quite a bit of time on this image) I'm not keen on the dark area at the bottom (please delete my note after seeing suggested crop)
    Overall a cracking image, very you (o:
  • Jason Theaker PRO 8y

    Brent i can't add note?
  • Luís C 8y

    Hi, Brent! Great location. I was quite familiar with your impressive "Zigzag Rock Shelf" and this one impresses me as much. Very interesting foreground and nice link with the background through the shelf's curve (more than zig-zag) and the smooth water surface.

    It's really hard to find something to comment on except it's beauty and visual impact. The darker strip that Jason just mentioned doesn't bother me and in fact I like the grading light from dark tones at the bottom to the brighter ones at the horizon. The only way I believe you could make it better would be to crop the flat bright sky above the clouds, although when looking at it that way I feel there's some space lacking above the rock.
  • Mike Le 8y

    Wonderful B&W conversion. Great job on focusing in the dark. Wonderful composition. I love the subtle light and reflections. I also like the contrast and the tones.

    I don't know why Jason doesn't like the dark bottom edge. It's natural to see dark shadows there b/c there was no light. You maintained proper exposure to show details on the foreground surface. I'm guessing that to obtain more details on the bottom edge would produce a wash out image b/c the rest of the image would be over exposed - unless you blend multiple exposures, which would produce an unnatural looking scene.

    As far as emotional content goes, I don't really feel connected with the image. I'm not sure what I'm looking at. The foreground details dominate the frame. The rock formation also demand attention due to its prominent position in the frame; however, it couldn't hold my attention, so my eyes stopped at the foreground details. Perhaps what Jason alluded to was that the bottom dark strip could be cropped out so the foreground doesn't dominate the frame too much?

    I also see subtle halos around the silhouette rock formation - but that's being extra picky.

  • Jason Theaker PRO 8y

    i just feel it would work better as a landscape ratio instead of square. my eye is wanting to cut out the dark area to the bottom. as you already know your eye sees much more than the camera can, and seeing some detail in the foreground shadows wouldn't be unnatural. ok in pitch black, but why the hell would you want to get out of bed at this time in the morning! (o:
  • Bob and Jeannie 8y

    This is quite a stunning image. Imo you got it just right here.
  • Adam PRO 8y

    The strong point ends up being the margin between the top of the clouds and the sky - the tones here are stupendous and I love the ambiguity that the slight cloud movement imparts.
    Don't get me wrong, I started with those lovely limpetty rocks - loving the geometry here - but somehow they lack the punch that they deserve - maybe not bright enough.
    Compositionally, I think that the rocks to the right don't quite offer enough - I wish more was made of that right angled turn of the rocks.
    It's strange but the rock formation that you, I'm sure, saw as the focal point of the shot, is somehow not that important for me - but that probably says more about my photography than yours [edit].
    I admire the photo, but I do see things that could perhaps be better, although I was not there at the time and that is the unfairness of trying to give a critique.
  • Andrea Knobel 7y

    Beautiful peaceful sight!
  • Valentino Paparazzi 7y

    Great shot, love the colours.

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  • David Hogan PRO 7y

    Amazing location, great photo!
  • emre ucar 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called fotogezgin-travel photographer, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    excellent long exposure..liked bw tones
  • Colin Cruickshank PRO 6y

    stunning image
  • Lawrence 4y

    Cool shot. Good choice of the B&W.
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