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Malambar by AndyMumford Malambar by AndyMumford
The Photo

This was taken in Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, on the North Eastern coast.
Photographing sunsets on the Brazilian coast is pretty difficult as the sun sets behind the land, but close to where we were staying was this large lagoon just off the beach, which faced to the west.

It's a beautiful place, in a small village called Tibau do Sul, where small wooden ferries (they can only take 4 cars at a time) spend the day going back and forth across the lagoon. I spent an evening here watching the sky and shooting while the local kids played in the water. The ferries come right up the beach, and the kids swarm all over them jumping from the higher deck into the water...then as the ferry leaves, they hang off the back of the boat daring each other to see who can hang on the longest and have the furthest swim back.

This pier is where the fishermen tie up their boats and I was really happy to see such a great location to shoot from.

Technique

The hardest thing about this was the fact that I was shooting into the setting sun. I tried waiting for the sun to go behind clouds, but even so, the highlights were still burnt out, so in the end I just placed it behind this upright wooden pillar on the pier.

In terms of composition, I wanted to keep the top of the pillar inside the frame (otherwise it would have looked unresolved and a little odd) so I moved back until I could fit it all in, and then placed it on a third infront of the sun.

I took an exposure reading from the pier to give me my base exposure (1/2 sec), then took a reading from the sky to see how many stops brighter it was, and how strong a filter I would need. As I was shooting directly into the sun I used two 2 stop ND grads to balance the sky with the foreground.
As usual, I arranged the filters in the filter holder BEFORE putting on the 9 stop Hoya ND 400 filter. Once this was in place, I replaced the ND grads and dialed in an extra 9 stops of exposure to the base exposure I'd taken from the pier.
9 stops more than 1/2 sec is 2 minutes, but I gave it a little less as I was worried about blowing highlights.

The great thing about long exposure photography is that you're never quite sure how it's going to come out until you see the image on the LCD. I was amazed to see how much the clouds has moved in 2 minutes as at sea level, there was very little wind.

Post Processing

I shot this in RAW and spent some time pulling in the highlights on the water, as well as cleaning dust spots.
In terms of colour, I've tweaked contrast a tiny bit and pushed the vibrancy up a little.

I also ran the image through Neat Image as there was a little noise in the shadows from the long exposure. Then I resized and sharpened it a tiny amount for the web.

Finally, I added a title and frame in PS.


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Taken on Lago Malambar, Tibau do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Nikon D80 | Sigma 10-20 | Nikon Cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
Lee 0.6 (2 stop) hard ND grad and Cokin ND4 (2 stop) soft ND grad
112 secs| f22 | 10mm | ISO100

Workflow in Apple Aperture 2. Title in PS
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EmmmBeee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great colors!
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Joalff Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lindo!
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Vangha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
I like the temperature of the picture.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Thanks so much
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cmtrhn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow I wish all photographers share their knowledge so openly, thnx for the info and grats for such lovely composition.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Glad you like it. Thankyou
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MariaMazur Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
great work
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elisahafdis Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
wow! its like a painting !!
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Dr-Seb Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
It's very beautiful .
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
:clap:
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And-true Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing. :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Cheers
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Great shot, Andy. In those days you wrote a lot about your pictures. Thank you. :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Thanks so much....sadly, I have less time nowadays than I used to, so the comments have gotten much shorter. I apologize for that.
Glad you like the shot
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
No problem. Thanks. :-)
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ozgurdenizistanbul Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
* f e a t u r e d...

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inmymind81 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent :clap:
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darkpeter Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Amazing photo...
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous Andy! Simpley amazing capture you've captured here. I love how natural the clouds moving are and the exposure on the wharf, superb. Not one flaw about this shot mate.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Thanks so much, glad you like it :-)
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archanN Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful art has been featured here: [link]

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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Thankyou :-)
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czosn3k Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
nice one, i appreciate this interesting description of technique
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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bia37 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Photographer
WOW
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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bia37 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Photographer
no worries
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on-the-loose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Absolutely stunning!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
b e a u t i f u l . =)
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KhalllodY Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
Featured : [link]
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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dialac1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
i totally appreciate the time you take to write about ur technique man...i have a little question, I didnt understand the part where you said "I replaced the ND grads and dialed in an extra 9 stops of exposure to the base exposure I'd taken from the pier.
9 stops more than 1/2 sec is 2 minutes"
maybe I'm not good at math but please can you break it down a little about the 9 stops, 1/2 sec and 2mins???
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Well, imagine light is like water, and you're filling your camera's sensor with a funnel.
Aperture (f stops) are the width of the funnel, and the shutter time is the amount of time you pour water through the funnel.
So, if you have a funnel at a certain width, or your aperture at f11, and you pour water through it for half a second. That's the amount of light that gave me the correct exposure WITHOUT the ND400.
So to add 9 more stops of exposure, you need to add 9 times more light. Now, if you keep your aperture at the same f number (or your funnel is the same width), then all you need to do it double the amount of light nine times. With cameras, it's not perfect doubling, but it's close enough.
So to let in one stop more than half a second, you have to double the amount of light...which is one second.
To let in another stop more light, you need to double it again, which is 2 seconds, and so on...
The maths for nine stops works like this:

1/2 sec - 1 sec - 2 secs - 4 secs - 8 secs - 15 secs - 30 secs - 1 min - 2 mins

Does that help?
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dialac1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Thanks a lot man!!! That helps a lot...I'll need tons of practicing tho to master it cos its like it comes to you as easy as the alphabets...LOL...also, i only have one filter (Singh Ray Soft ND grad)...i havent used it much tho but to carry out ur technique effectively, I guess I need a couple more filters...but I really appreciate the time you took to explain...I'll practice it cos I know its not easy doing math while composing and praparing to take a photo, at the same time monitoring the light changing...You have to be a genius to do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANKS AGAIN!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
It's a pleasure...glad to help.
The math part becomes automatic after awhile :-)
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skylinephoto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
all your photography is fantastic, this photo is like wow, If I can get half as good as you , I could say I acomplishied something. great use of Selective focus and your Depth of field is fantastic. great shot. have a great day or night=)^-^
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it :-)
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swiii Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
wow , completely amazing.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Thanks so much
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phooker Featured By Owner May 31, 2008   Photographer
beautiful~ totally
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Thanks so much
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phooker Featured By Owner May 31, 2008   Photographer
;)
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boimlebon Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
keren bgt kompo n tonalnya Cak...
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Hitomii Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
One of my favourites from your entire gallery. love it :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Thanks so much :D
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Hitomii Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
Very welcome my friend :)
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CezarMart Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
The light is fantastic!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
It's so relaxing looking at this photo, the smooth water, the moving clouds, it's all so beautiful! Well done! :clap:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Thanks Ioanna, I'm really glad you like it :-)
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