Lighthouse and Long Exposure

Early in the fall I took a trip to Maine.  It gave me a chance to use neutral density filters in a more serious way for landscape photography.  I am always looking for new ways to expand my creativity, and being able to shoot 15-30 second exposures in the middle of the day definitely does that.  Of course neutral density filters can be a pain to use, especially when trying to focus, but they can also make your photos stand out from the crowd.

For this photograph, I shot the Bass Head lighthouse about 45 minutes before sunset.  There was already a horde of other eager photographers just sitting and waiting for the sun to drop.  Being too impatient to wait, I began shooting anyway and this image is the result of two shots merged to get a more even exposure.  You can also see the effects of using a neutral density filter by how the clouds begin to streak across the sky.






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