Pass­ing cloud

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What’s the ef­fect? When you have clouds mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, why not use them cre­atively, as in this im­age of Reine, Nor­way? In this pic­ture, the clouds ap­pear to be em­a­nat­ing from the moun­tain peak.

The re­flec­tion of the moun­tain in the wa­ter was very good – that was, un­til the fish­ing boats de­cided to cut right through the mid­dle of it. This isn’t a prob­lem dur­ing a re­ally long ex­po­sure, though, as the boats don’t get recorded and the wa­ter has time to smooth out, cre­at­ing a per­fect re­flec­tion. Even if you are pho­tograph­ing a busy street scene with peo­ple walk­ing through your im­age, they will dis­ap­pear dur­ing an ex­po­sure last­ing sev­eral min­utes.

What’s the time? Once again, I used my Lee Big Stop­per here, along with my Lee land­scape po­lar­is­ing fil­ter to achieve the long ex­po­sure. I had to stop the lens down to f/22 in or­der to get an ex­po­sure of 4 mins. The po­lariser dark­ened the blue sky, giv­ing sep­a­ra­tion to the clouds. I used a soft-edge two-stop ND grad over the sky, bring­ing it down into the moun­tain. The soft-edge ND grad is ideal with un­even hori­zons such as mas­sive pointy moun­tains.

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