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Swanage Pier | by paulwynn-mackenzie.co.uk
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Swanage Pier

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This was one shot I have been after since I started photography and is considered by many as the holy grail of subjects for long exposure photography, certainly for black and white long exposure photography at least. I had been to see the old abandoned pier at Swanage in Dorset once before but sadly that was in the middle of the summer and there was a giant diving boat parked in front of the old pier but I think in the winter it doesn't stay there to my delight.

 

So this photo was taken in the pouring rain with the sea mist closing in quickly, you could barely see beyond the harbour perimeter and sadly the cloud was just a plain white blanket. So for that reason this photo doesn't really have an horizon and it doesn't have any cloud movement either, but in many ways I liked that and allowed for more a minimalism look. Another thing that I tried out in this shot was a Hitech Pro 10 stop filter which is nowhere near as good as my B+W filter which is a mile and half better in my opinion but I still need to play with the Hitech filter more to fully make my mind up.

 

Anyway I hope you enjoy this shot and as always any comments or favs are greatly appreciated.

 

Technical Details:

Shutter Speed: 129 seconds

Aperture: F11

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 26mm

Filters: Cokin 0.3 Soft Graduated filter and B+W ND110

Processed in Lightroom 4 Beta

 

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Oh and to just let you know, I did take one that wasn't the classic composition that I quite like, just need to get round to processing it :)

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Taken on February 22, 2012