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by Jake Barac Canon EOS 6D with EF16- 35mm f/ 4L IS USM lens. Two ex­po­sures: 65 sec­onds at f/ 4 and 160 sec­onds at f/ 22 ( ISO 100).

What we think: For this im­age, Jake merged two ex­po­sures – one for the water and one for the sky – in place of a grad­u­ated ND fil­ter. The tech­nique works well, and the brood­ing blue clouds add drama. There's a nice colour con­trast at play here too, with the warmer sand in the fore­ground. Jake's used the drift­wood not only as the fo­cal point, but also as a lead­ing line point­ing into the scene. As a min­i­mal­ist land­scape it works, al­though the lead­ing line ul­ti­mately doesn't lead any­where, and the hori­zon isn't in­ter­est­ing enough to hold your at­ten­tion. Why it works 1) Good tech­nique to bal­ance ex­po­sure 2) Warm and cool tones con­trast 3) Strong point of in­ter­est

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