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Baker Beach

Blogged in The Woodwork: Faking Long Exposure


Baker Beach

Baker Beach, San Francisco, California


Nikon D3, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G, Gitzo G1228LVL tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead

Aperture 2.0 (raw fine tuning, spot & patch) nik Color Efex Pro (pro contrast, classical soft focus) Photoshop (heal)

10 multi-exposures, 1/100sec @ f/18, iso200, 14mm (14mm)



Visiting Baker Beach.


I didn’t know I’d stop by Baker Beach but since I got lost, why not? I scouted some areas to take a sunset shot, but the tide was coming in and that meant that a good angle was impossible (not to self: consult tide tables before going out).


I decided to take a multi-exposure shot in order to emulate waterblur with my lens (which doesn't support filters). Therefore I got back far enough to get Golden Gate Bridge into view, set up my tripod near the water and played a game of tag with the ocean until I got 10 exposures. I lost a couple times doing so leading me to remember why I used to carry an extra pair of socks when I went hiking.


The image isn’t as sharp as I’d like because the tide coming in did two things, each wave sunk the tripod a little deeper into the sand and the vibrations from the water went up through the tripod. I couldn’t wait until it settled because I was worried my camera equipment might get swept away by a big wave! Aperture was put very small in order to get the shutter speed as low as possible. I thought any lower and diffraction effects might have dominated. It turned out, it wouldn't have mattered.


My sensor was dirty and so was my lens. I tried to eliminate the most egregious spots. All I did was up the contrast, but this caused the waves to stand out too much so I soft-focused them digitally.


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Taken on March 30, 2008