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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