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Painted Twilight

This is an image taken nearly 30 minutes after sunset as I was leaving the beach near Mantanzas Inlet. This area is part of the Fort Mantazas National Monument south of St. Augustine Florida.


Fort Mantanzas National Monument consists of a Spanish fort built in 1740 of coquina rock, and about 100 acres of saltwater marsh and surrounding islands on the Mantazas River. It was built to protect the southern end of the Mantanzas River where it enters the Atlantic Ocean at Mantanzas Inlet.


I almost didn't get this image. John and I were walking back to the car after shooting the sunset and I happened to look over my shoulder at the edge of the parking lot. I really liked these trees silhouetted against the still colorful sky. It was quite dark which led to the long exposure even at a elevated ISO speed.


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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure: 13.0 sec at f/11, ISO 320

Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L USM

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Taken on April 5, 2012