Thursday, 17 January 2013

La rivière des rêves perdus

A beach strip somewhere south of the city of Porto, Portugal. Click for the bigger image.

Update: The photo was admitted do gallery. I was asked to write this photo tutorial in the next paper edition of the famous tutorial album

A story behind:  Welcome to my River of the Lost Dreams. After heavy winter raining many small rivers with no-names has appeared on the beach. They may last a couple of weeks and then they are usually gone.
Last Tuesday the afternoon was dark and rainy. I captured this image about 25-minutes prior to sunset as many clouds began to disappear what had been a solid dark sky. 
My camera was positioned on a rather unstable sandy beach. I was able to program a 3-minute long exposure. Shooting these kinds of scenes requires managing a number of variables. We need to choose an exposure that properly exposes the background, and -- at the same time -- be short enough not to make a sky too blurry and allow enough time to emphasize these elegant curves lines of water in the river. The rest was as easy as catching fish in a barrel. Long shutter and B&W transformation did the rest of the job.

Gear: Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm. Tripod. A heavy bag to stabilize the tripod on the unstable ground.


Shutter speed:
177 sec

Exposure bias:
+0,3 EV

Focal Length: 16 mm


Place taken:  Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
Date taken: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, 17:08



Maciek Brauliński said...

Rewelacyjne zdjęcie. Konwersja do BW perfekcyjna!

Anonymous said...

Awwwwesome! =)

Wypad na WEEKEND said...

Pięknie. Rozmyte fale, które tworzą jasną linię ożywiają całą kompozycję.

Jo said...


Pictures Morocco said...

wwwwwwow I love this place

Alfredo Oliva said...

This is a wonderful picture.

Ruda Wiewióra said...