Today’s Photograph January 31, 2011

Lake Pontchartrain sandbar. Canon 16-35mm f2.8 zoom @24mm, 11 seconds @f22, ISO 50. Neutral density was added to the front of the lens to allow the long exposure time. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Lake Pontchartrain sandbar. Canon 16-35mm f2.8 zoom @24mm, 11 seconds @f22, ISO 50. Neutral density was added to the front of the lens to allow the long exposure time. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

A PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTEBOOK

I was out shooting at dawn along the northern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain the other morning, watching as the first hint of light began to illuminate the storm clouds that I knew should be there. Another cold front was blowing in and the clouds that get generated frequently make for interesting material.

What I hadn’t expected was the low tide. The water was way down, at least a foot lower than I had expected, and I was able to climb out along a rip rap breakwater to a small exposed sandbar, featured here. This area is usually under water.

Neutral density on the front of my lens—the equivalent of about 5 f-stops of light—allowed me to use a long shutter speed, smoothing out the water and bringing up a glow along the edge of the sandbar.

After doing some basic Photoshop toning—Levels and Curves—I made the black and white conversion in Adjustment Layers, cropped in from each side a bit, flattened the image and did a bit of burning around the edges of the frame.

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