The Motion of the Ocean

We took this shot after spending a great day with fellow Photographer, Jerry Denham who was in town from the East Coast. We scurried around under Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, got soaked by rain, covered with salty sand, blown by fierce winds….and had a super time capturing a spectacular stormy sunset. It is what Photographers do – recall some previous posts. After dropping Jerry off at his Hotel, we stopped to admire the lights of San Diego.

Setting the camera on a sturdy Manfrotto Tripod, this was a 13 second exposure, f9 and ISO100. This allowed for the waves in the harbour to be smoothed out – also notice the boat on the right rocking back and forth during the 13 seconds, this adds some life to what might have been a static shot!

Due to all the varying light temperatures of the scene (Incandescent, Sodium Vapour etc), we left the camera on Auto White Balance and then corrected in post processing using Nikon Capture NX2 Software. In order to be able to do this, you must shoot in RAW (or as Nikon calls it, NEFF) and not in JPG. In RAW, you can correct exposure to a certain degree, White Balance and several other parameters without damaging the original image – not that we ever need to do anything in post! 😉

Thanks for the kind visit, Kathleen and Erik

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4 responses

  1. Great white balance correction 🙂

    March 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  2. Great LE shot, love the colours

    March 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

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