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Old Orchard Beach Dawn Long Exposure | by moe chen
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Old Orchard Beach Dawn Long Exposure

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I tend to reserve use of my 10 stop filter for less than ideal conditions. For me this means grey overcast days and after the sun rises. It allows me to extend shooting conditions and that is about it. This is the first time ever that I pulled out the ten stop during what I consider to be the sweet spot of shooting, usually about 15 minutes before the sun rises when the colors are at their best. The primary reason is because if you don't get the shot you want with one shot (244 seconds here) you don't get another chance. In that same time I can take multiple shots and comps with different water movement etc. without the filter on.


That being said, I love the results that I see others get so I thought I would give it a go. Ridiculous how saturated the color is with that long an exposure at sunrise. I should have expected it as that is what everybody says, but I tend to only learn when I do something myself.


I keep mis timing my visit. At first I thought that this rock would be uncovered only at low tide but finally realized after a visit or two that it is closer to the high water mark. I need the tide to be in about an hour earlier to get the water motion i want around this rock.

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Taken on September 11, 2010