Breakdown is one of two brand new photos that I currently have on display at the SW Florida Photography show in Naples Florida. The show was recently extended due to such a good reception from people viewing it and I would absolutely love for you to stop by if you have a free moment and are in the Naples area. More info can be found in my last blog post about being invited to the show.
This shot is a 5 and a half minute long exposure taken on a stormy evening as a cold front was moving in off the gulf. It was an absolutely amazing storm to watch move in but I couldn't help but feel bad for the beach wedding that was happening behind me. The wind was tricky for me, but I'm sure it was even more of a challenge for everyone trying to hear the couple during their ceremony.
I had climbed about halfway out on this jetty for this shot and managed to only get splashed a couple of times. An accomplishment I was proud of considering the waves and the way the wind was catching their spray and throwing it towards the rocks. 5.5 minutes is a long time to stand in one spot trying to judge if each incoming wave is large enough to cause a problem! It was entirely worth it though. One of those photos where the impatience of wanting to get a peek at how the final image may look almost caused me to cut the exposure a couple of times. I knew with how the clouds moved across the sky and water reacted to the jetty that it had some potential.
To give some details, this was shot with Formatt Hitech neutral density filters with a Nikon 16-35 and my D800. Its a 330 second long exposure shot at ISO 200 and F8. In case you're into knowing the settings.