© Photo by Joe Dsilva
Taken1 year ago
I had planned a lot for this shot. I knew what lens I would be using, where I will be shooting from, what would be my composition, what filters I would need (and order the new ones that I needed) even before I packed my bags. If there was one element I couldn't plan, that was the sunlight. I was hoping for a colorful sunset, instead the day was concluded by a mostly cloudy sky in the horizon. That forced me to make do with whatever I got.
Many a photographer has lot his/her camera gear to this place. The best spots are "perched" up on rocks jotting off a steep cliff that drops down without any gradient. So you have to be extra careful where you are placing your tripod. I was a bit nervous with the whole idea, so didn't go all the way out to test the stability of some of the rocks. That meant letting off a bit of the river to the right, which is a price I am willing to pay for not risking the camera gear.
The light was not that great, so I shot several exposures hoping to blend them later. And then did a lousy job of blending :) . May be someday when I've got handful of time, I'll come back and do justice to this bunch. Especially the slightly overexposed white swirl in the center has been staring at me annoyingly :-X .
I used a wide angle 16-35mm lens on FF to shoot this along with a 6 stop ND filter and a GND. I already knew that I will have to get an exposure above 30s to get a reasonably good frame, so had ended up ordering the 6 stop filter for this trip. I've come to like it better than the VAR-ND, due to the fact that I can use it along with my Lee filter kit and works like a charm on wide angle without vignetting ...
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