Finally, for the first time this year, some summer heat has reached the western part of Holland. Living close to the North Sea it also means that humidity is often very high. Usually it results in the change of colorful sunsets. On Monday I witnessed a very nice sunset from home but didn’t had the change to go out and shoot. So, on Tuesday I rushed to the Pier near IJmuiden, but it turned out to be heavily overcast. Change of plan!
Instead of a colorful sunset, I opted for some long exposure shots. Light intensity was low; therefore a two stop neutral filter and a two stop gradual filter for the sky would do the trick. I carefully composed some shots and chose a diaphragm and shutter speed to just flatten the calm sea, eliminating any waves. A shutter speed of thirteen seconds made the waves detail less.
In Lightroom and NIK Silver Efex Pro I shifted the color image to black and white. Some local adjustments in the foreground boulders and the sky were made to make the image more interesting. The darker sky gives the image some drama, the central part of the sea will keep the eye inside the frame and a starting point for further exploration of the image.
The final part of the process is printing the image on Hahnemuhle fine art paper with my recently acquired Canon Pixma Pro-1 printer. Black and white printing on this 12 color printer is really black and white without any colorcast which can often occur with printers with less ink cartridges. It is a very high quality print that really blows me off my feet. I can fully recommend printing your photo’s instead of just showing them on a computer screen. Printing, framing and showing them from your wall is the best way to show your work.