Cape May at Night

by Jorge Moro September. 21, 2010 3901 views

This image was taken at night. Official sunset was at 7:03p. This was taken at 7:52p. I arrived too late to get what I really went for so I had to settle.
See my comments above the image for more details on how I pulled the “details” out of this image.

I also snapped some other interesting images as I had made a couple of other stops on the way down, and up from Cape May. One stop at a Marshy area as the sun was going down and it was irresistibly calm, and on the way back swung by Wildwood and snapped some handheld shots on the boardwalk. Those will be coming soon.
Later friends,

Shipwreck. Nikon D700, Nikon 16-35F4 VR zoom at 30mm. 30 seconds, F22. ISO 100. And I realize you can't see them here, but there is lots of fine details in the jetty on the left. I had to extract those details from the raw file. This photo was so dark I was going to trash it. But, using Lightroom I was able to salvage something from the raw file to the point where to me, it's a very moody, interesting image. No way will my various stock agents accept this, but for me, and hopefully others, it's pretty neat. In the large copy you can see the details in the rocks on the jetty, and the water. I had to remove a zillion dust spots using photoshop as my sensor is really filthy – especially at F22. Why F22? Because I couldn't see, and the camera wasn't focusing so I had to set the lens to manual, crank it to infinity and just fire away hoping that the focus would be where I wanted it which is that lone rock at the end of the jetty. In the large file, you can see the detail in the rocks, the jetty, and the water swirling around in the 30 second exposure. Winds were calm so I did not take any of my other precautions of tying down, or removing the camera straps off the camera to avoid having them slap against the tripod. Once in Lightroom, I had to use the “fill light” and “exposure” sliders and crank them to the right (on the raw file) in order to get this exposure. I tried that on the jpeg and it resulted in one huge, ugly mess. One of the reasons I always, and I mean always, without question, or doubt, or angst, ALWAYS shoot a jpeg+raw. Did I mention “ALWAYS”. Once I had the raw the way I wanted it I opened the image in photoshop, removed all the dust spots, and resaved it as a 67mb TIFF file. All this trouble for an image that A: won't be accepted by stock agents, and B: probably won't leave my Mac. But you know, it's “MY” image and if it's going to stay in my personal library, it's going to be done right.

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Lynn 10 years, 7 months ago

WOW!!! I'm very impressed Jorge...if you didn't give us all of that info I would of never known because to me it's an AMAZING image and I love the feel it gives me :))

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Huiching 10 years, 7 months ago

Yeah.. I think it's too dark somehow. But I really love this mood. Glad you didn't delete it.

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Claire 10 years, 7 months ago

beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!

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