Randy Dykstra  

America's Finest City by Randy Dykstra

March 2020 - America's Finest City

About the Image(s)

This is a long exposure on a tripod of the San Diego California Skyline. This is shot with my D7200 and 10-24mm lens set at 22mm It was shot at f/11 ISO 400 for 13 sec. There was a bit of boat traffic, and some of the lights were changing, otherwise I would probably have tried to have a longer exposure, to smooth out the water a bit more. My intent was to maximize the light reflections, but still showing the buildings, and showing downtown next to the harbor. I only used LR and a couple gradient adjustments

6 comments posted

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Long exposures usually require adjustments until you get what you want. Did you use an ND filter? Really nice colors, and reflections. Good work.   Posted: 03/10/2020 17:41:38
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Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Great photo! I love the bright colors and the reflections in the water.   Posted: 03/10/2020 23:51:53

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Such a beautiful photo of San Diego. I lived there after I married - a long time ago, and loved it. So much has changed in those years. I have taken many photos of Baton Rouge reflected in the Mississippi River, but never thought of doing a long exposure. I am interested in the green circles on the left of the center. What are they? I love that the water shines like satin. Great idea and great job.   Posted: 03/13/2020 14:15:17

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
This does have an impact, full of colour and the lines in the water lead nicely to the buildings. I like the amount of motion you have on the water, but I am amazed how still the clouds are at 13s.
Did you have a slight movement of the tripod while taking the image as the buildings don't seem to be crisp as they could be. But the very strong and striking image and I am also fascinated of what those green circles are.   Posted: 03/14/2020 09:52:38

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Beautiful skyline with coloured reflections in the water, which are smoothed by the long exposure time. The clouds in the sky and the star (?) give the picture a special touch. It would be interesting to see the picture with outgoing reflections, which are not cut off at the bottom.   Posted: 03/14/2020 12:21:09

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Love it. Well done.   Posted: 03/14/2020 13:53:39


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