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Another shot from one of my favourite locations. I’ve come here once every year since I started photography, and usually get a couple of shots that I’m relatively happy with. This was taken back in March, on a day when we’d had a couple of storms.
Around sunset, the weather finally started to clear, and gave me some of the most unusual conditions I’ve had to shoot in…lot’s of pinks and turquoises in the sky and water.

This shot was taken a few minutes after the sun had set, and I used a 9 stop neutral density filter to really lengthen the exposure, and a 3 stop neutral density graduated filter across the sky to hold back the exposure there.
A cable release and mirror lock up kept the camera as still as possible on the tripod while the shutter was tripped to try to ensure maximum sharpness.

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Taken at Carrasqueira, Alentejo, Portugal
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 ED
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.9 (3 stop) hard edged ND grad filter | Hoya ND400 9 stop ND filter
120s | f8 | 17mm

More shots from this location:

March 2009 Breathe
February 2008 Fallen February
October 2007 Palafitico Symmetry

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
Any questions, please note me.
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:iconhestefotograf:
Hestefotograf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I want this on my wall! <3
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kellebass Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow what a nice scnene! I love the colors :) Well done Andy!
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
This deviation of yours has just been featured in my latest journal - [link]


A pleasure my friend!
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lazysummerday Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
one of these shots I can never get enough of...
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:iconpictureelement:
PictureElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009   Photographer
Featured [link] :)
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:iconbelcyrpiotr:
BelcyrPiotr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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ChristopheCarlier Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Photographer
Very great job!! this capture is wonderfull!!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Thanks Chistophe :-)
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red-addictive Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student
you've been featured here: [link] :heart:
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You'll go back there one year and it'll no longer be there! Not sure how it's standing now.....
Super shot, "cool" colours.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Cheers loads Jake :-)
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Hieronimus-art Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
feature in my journal
your good photo :) and :+fav:
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kimonokraken Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Beautiful! I've been meaning to ask - with these dusk photos, what's your general approach to white balance? You get really nice tone and colours.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Glad you like it :-)
The WB question doesn't have an easy answer. For the most part with my D3 I shoot with Auto WB because the camera pretty much nails it every time. Occasionally I'll tweak it a little in post, and if I remember correctly I cooled this down a tad because the ND400 usually gives a warm cast.
With my old D80 though, I generally used to shoot landscapes with the camera set to 5700K..not sure why, but it seemed to give me nicer reds, oranges and magentas...I'd just cool it down a little if I wanted nicer blues.
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kimonokraken Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Ah, interesting! I used to be against auto anything, but I'm starting to realise that there are probably a bunch of things my camera can do better by itself than I can do later in photoshop.

I used to use 6000K for most things, but I suspect I was covering up for not taking photos at the right time of day when the light is nice and warm...

So the D3 is still pretty noiseless even with such long exposures? My D40 isn't. I'm thinking I might try image stacking to average out the noise. Could get inhumanly long exposures that way!
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
bloody hell!! not another pier shot!!! lol

I owed you that one :P


Very nice hues and the photograph is wonderful as always :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Damn right :-)

Cheers mate
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
A very nice shot Andy, and very peaceful as usual. It looks like you are making a nice collection of images of the place.

Alex
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Once again Alex, thanks so much. Glad you like it :-)
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 75th.:wave:
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:iconsun-seeker:
Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
a frozen moment :thumbsup:
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BourbonInYourEyes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! Great colors
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:iconsakisda:
sakisda Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic colors, light, long exposure, photo!
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hhryah Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
The colors and blues are just gorgeous! The smoothness of the water is lovely, too.
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Bom trabalho como sempre, tenho uma foto com composição idêntica inspirada em uma que já tinhas colocado, mas não tenho tido grande sorte com as cores quando vou para estes lados! Depois de andar cerca de 250km o tempo muda muito!
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Saint-Gut-Free Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
love the location, great character. colors are cool and crisp. however, at the pier (underneath it) at the right side of the image, there's discoloration of some sort - very noticeable.
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missparker1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
great!
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ThierryHuchet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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Brettc Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Hello Andy Great light & spot on exp .. well done ..
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Heyy.. you've been featured here: [link] !!

<3 daniiiii
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pquintela Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
brutal!! muito bom!!! :+fav:
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Simply stunning!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
yeah I see the browns myself here, did you do all the editing in 8bit or 16bit? I like it though!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
I always do all my editting in 16 bit
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kkart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
hmmmm odd then, I was thinking it was something to do with maybe something done in 8bit. I have had that happen to myself a few times as well, seems it is always in the areas of really dark gray or a shade of when it does happen. I do all my editing in 16 bit as well, but it makes me wonder if something isn't happen when we are switching it to 8 bit. It isn't dithering per say, but something along the lines similar. It always some weird odd sheen to it as well. I have found that using the blur or soften brush on it at about 10 seems to help it help it some, but isn't a complete solution.
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Girolamo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
so nice...i think maybe a little too sharp though?
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
the water looks beautiful. such amazing colour to the scene as well
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Kernow-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely work as always Andy :)
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
I don't think I'll ever get enough of that place! I'd so much love to be able to see it someday. I really love the cool tones and the composition is excellent as always! :thumbsup:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Thanks Maria :-)
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grevys Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
lovely light and colours and comp works well. also not sure about the 'brown' colour (under pier and in top left corner in particular).
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grevys Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
oh, and i'm not too convinced that a cable release and mirror lock-up makes that much difference with 120s exposure!! ;)
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NeoPiter Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Hi Andy,

Queria agradecer-te por toda a meta data que colocas, para alguem que esta a aprender, como eu, da sempre jeito ver as informacoes.

Mais uma excelente foto !
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Apolic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Photographer
Great composition on this beautiful location. Colors are great and the exposure seems good on my screen!:)
I bought a nd400 not played with it much but i was wondering do you take your neckband/strap of the camera for less movement?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Thanks Roel :-)

I've got an Op/tech strap on my camera, which apart from being more comfortable than the regular Nikon/Canon straps, also has clips, so you can just unclip it to remove it. I usually take it off anytime the camera is on a tripod, particularly for long exposures
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Apolic Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009   Photographer
Thanks andy, I'll look into that one cause i think the strap is causing some blur sometimes with the long exposures.
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:iconarekz:
ArekZ Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
lovely work :)

great pano
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is one amazing place
love the purples
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inmymind81 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely :+fav:
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zelos22 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
your photos are amazing :love: the best way to thank everyone for comments/faves would be to keep up the great work! ;)
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