Red Rock

Perros Guirec, September 2012

Perros Guirec, September 2012

This is the lighthouse of “Men Ruz”(“Red Rock”) in Ploumanac’h, Brittany France. I already talked about this building in my previous post (you can check it out here if you like). In that post I rambled about how the scene reminded me of the famous computer game “Myst”.

Anyways, as I explained, it was quite difficult to take a picture without people in it. This place seems to attract a lot of tourists at anytime of the day! There were always at least two or three people “walking through my photo”. To solve this problem, I applied my preferred technique: long exposure. If you use an exposure of 15 seconds or longer, moving people (or objects) will effectively disappear. As soon as people stand still for a few seconds however, you’ll see “ghosting”, so you have to pick the moment you press the shutter very carefully. Everybody has to be moving! I guess Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of the “decisive moment” is also valid when using long exposures…

It was a bit awkward, but I was able to take a few nice pictures without having to wait for all the tourists to leave. I used a ND400 neutral density filter which gave me an exposure time of about 20 seconds in broad daylight. Cool! I just zapped everybody! At the moment I took this photograph, three of four people were crossing that bridge while another person was walking around the lighthouse… they’re all gone…!

 

EXIF and post-processing

  • Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 17/1 second ===> 17 second
  • Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 22/1 ===> ƒ/22
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 100
  • Original Date/Time = 2012:09:12 17:04:15
  • Aperture = ƒ/22
  • Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/1 ===> 0
  • Flash = Flash did not fire
  • Focal Length = 14/1 mm ===> 14 mm
  • Sigma 10-20mm lens with with a ND400 neutral density filter
  • Camera on a tripod
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Converted to black and white in Lightroom
  • Did some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom (cropped, straightened horizon and removed dust spots)

 

 


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