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By PatrickSmith  
It was a clear and warm night last week with a nearly full moon at a 45 degree angle, perfect for heading out to the beach for a super long exposure.

I hiked about 1/2 mile down the beach in the dark to an unusual collection of sea stacks and cliffs. It was difficult to compose this because not only could I barely see through the viewfinder, but I wanted to get close to where the waves were breaking. Since I knew it would be at least a 1/2 hour exposure, I wanted to be just out of reach of the biggest wave that would hit during that time.

After watching the waves for about 10 minutes, I set things up, opened the shutter and sat on the beach to wait it out. It was about 28c at 10pm, but it was difficult to enjoy it completely because I was worried about a big wave hitting. I barely got away with this as some waves came very close.

This is exactly what I saw in the viewfinder. Bright as day, and when I looked out, there was in fact the same colours, but very faint to my eye. I actually did no processing to the raw file at all. I just converted it to a TIFF.

The big problem was noise. There were individual pixels that were easily handled with the 'Despeckle' option. But then some areas had these blue and orange blobs that were about 5 pixels in radius. I assume these are heat related blobs. They could only be removed by cloning each of them out. It was not too difficult.

I know that noise reduction involves taking a second exposure of the same length so the camera can compare them. Is there another way to reduce noise?

30 minute exposure @F5. No filters.

Tags: California General Long exposure Star trails Landscape and travel Coyote beach

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Windmillskies 12 183 England
29 Oct 2007 1:59PM
Very surreal image- really like the affect the exposure had on the water.

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stevebutler 13 122 England
29 Oct 2007 2:00PM
Very interesting shot Patrick...and a good informative description too. You wouldn't beleive this was a night shot. Love the star trails.

TattySnapper 12 10 England
29 Oct 2007 2:02PM
I admire your perseverence. This is a fine shot.

29 Oct 2007 2:08PM
Quality image and brilliant composition.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 2:11PM
Thanks for your comments! I wanted it to be as strange and surreal as possible. Like a Dali painting! Couldn't find any melting watches to use in the foreground though......

clint1978 11 13 Gibraltar
29 Oct 2007 2:13PM
Try noise ninja. It is a photoshop plug in and works perfectly.

Good shot

tomlad 11 5 England
29 Oct 2007 2:13PM
Patrick, what a fabulous image. The star trails look great. Like Steve, I can`t believe this was taken at night. First time I have visited your gallery and am I glad I have. Some sensational shots. Regards, Tom.
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
29 Oct 2007 2:14PM
Hi Patrick. Not sure about the blue and orange blobs but I've found that Capture One does a fine job at automatically sorting out hot pixels on very long exposures. I've only gone to 10 minutes so far with the 5D and the image didn't suffer from any noise apart from the hot pixels.

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
29 Oct 2007 2:15PM
what a fascinating shot, this is just superb, can't help with the NR though I'm afraid... Blown away by this... Smile
29 Oct 2007 2:17PM
What a fascinating image, Patrick. I would have never guessed that this was shot at night with how bright it is, the effect the long exposure has had on the water is excellent, but what really makes this image of course is the star trails. Just superb!
As far as the noise goes, I was just discussing that issue with a knowledgeable camera person this weekend and he said that shooting very long exposures with digital does not work well because of the way the (not sure) pixels heat up. He told me that film works out much better for long exposures. Of course there is no way I’m going back to film. LOL

29 Oct 2007 2:17PM
hey patrick this is another awsome shot mate
and wow 30 mins man thats nutz Smile
and its pinsharp aswell well done buddy
29 Oct 2007 2:18PM
Brilliant !!!

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Oct 2007 2:22PM
Soz, a wee bit bland for me, Patrick. The shot needed a much stronger element in the trails and for me, they're a little lost amongst that pale sky.
wamp 11 276 8 England
29 Oct 2007 2:22PM
Very interesting text to go with the shot Patrick, the appearence of the water and the detail though out is very good - 30 mins, is that you longest?

Cheers, Sean
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 2:23PM
Thanks for your comments! This will probably turn into a noise thread, which is fine with me. I am curious about what to do.

Thanks Clint, I may try it.

Hi Mike, I'm using C1 but haven't used their noise reduction options. But I'll have a look at it tonight after work. That might do the trick so thanks!

Eric, he is probably right about film. But like you, I'd rather figure out an easy way to use digital.

True Keith, I think that a 1/2 full moon (1/4 moon) might be a better choice. The sky will be a bit darker and the trails brighter. I just wanted there to be lots of light on the sea and rocks.

True Phil, it was rather crazy out there!

Almost Sean. I did a 2 hour shot once with my 350D. Far fewer hot pixels too I might add!

ChrisNikon 12 52
29 Oct 2007 2:25PM
MikeA 13 1.3k England
29 Oct 2007 2:26PM
Beautiful image and informative description Patrick.

29 Oct 2007 2:31PM
Reading intensively the way in which this has been achieved and totally amazed at the results, hard to believe night..
its truly beautifully in every way.. pure harmony in nature and envious of the 28 c @ night...!!!

Stunning !!

Nikki !

leave the technical side to the Boys..! winks
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
29 Oct 2007 2:35PM
I recognize the problem, beautiful capture anyway

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 2:41PM
Thanks for looking in!

Yes Nikki, it was a hot evening. It was the first day of the fires that put 1 million people out of their homes!

FredF 11 1 France
29 Oct 2007 2:46PM
Fantastic work. Could be a SF art.

29 Oct 2007 2:53PM
Amazing image, composition and colours both perfect

Wooly 12 112 4 England
29 Oct 2007 2:56PM
Excellent exposure Patrick, the star trails look great.

I also advocate the use of Noise Ninja, it takes a bit of trial and error to get it right without loosing detail. I apply different amounts to different areas, obviously the sky will stand a lot more than the rocks for example.

HTH Alan
29 Oct 2007 2:56PM
Great image, like a dreamland.
Rgds, David
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 2:59PM
Thanks for looking!

I may try it Alan. The problem is that the software thinks that the star trails ARE noise!

SRSmith 10 1 United States
29 Oct 2007 3:00PM
Composition and color are superb. I like the star trails, just takes this image over the top.
mikears 13 89 Canada
29 Oct 2007 3:01PM
WOW - I could tell this was yours from the thumbnail (is that a good or bad thing? Smile)

Opening it up offers a really nice surprise with the star trails.

Excellent shot
jken 11 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 3:02PM
Like it Patrick, Capture One is also brilliant at handling noise, i use the LE version.

toonboy 13 75 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 3:05PM
I have got to get out and try this it is stunning Patrick, only it will be - 8 when I do it

Regards Ken
Mounters 11 85 2 England
29 Oct 2007 3:12PM
This looks like it is from another world, without the star trails you would think it was taken during the day.
I am so glad you suffer like this for us to enjoy your magic
Neil_Higgins 11 35 3 England
29 Oct 2007 3:12PM
One of the best seascapes on here today, hats of for trying something new, i would maybe have chopped some of the sky off at the top which would also raise the horizon, clarity on the beach and rocks is superb.
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 3:16PM
Fantastic capture Patrick, 10pm wow!
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 3:21PM
Well... this is a stunning photograph. The sea looks amazing!
Marilyn x
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 3:26PM
Thanks for dropping by!

LOL Mike, it could be either or both at times!

John I have C1 so I'll give it a try.

Well Neil, I do have one where..... doh.... I only made one exposure that night! Actually there are lots more trails near the top that you can't see here. But we will see what happens next time.

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 3:55PM
There I was, looking at the thumbnail and thinking...hmmm, not sure about that sky; and then I opened the larger version and all became clear. A very creative shot, Patrick.

Quote:Is there another way to reduce noise?

Oh, I wish I knew. It's the problem that irritates me most.
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
29 Oct 2007 4:02PM
Really impressive Patrick, something I may have to try one day. Really like the results.

John_Horner 12 12 2 England
29 Oct 2007 4:04PM
As others have said Patrick, it is hard to tell that this is a night shot if it hadnt been for teh fact that there are star trails and you telling us of course.
A wonderful shot that i would be proud to have taken.
Rushing out to buy me a half-hour glow in the dark egg timer.
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
29 Oct 2007 4:37PM
This is stunning!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 4:38PM
Yes Ian, I was wondering if people would think it was just a daytime shot! Though it is difficult to get such a long exposure in the day time!

Try it Scott. Do it with the moon up a bit in the sky. Point away from the moon and all lights. Do it on a completely clear evening. Try it with less than a full moon, but not a crescent moon. If yo do it wiht a 1/4 moon, you may need a 1 hour exposure I woudl guess. It is 1/2 hour with a nearly full moon @F5 focused to infinity with a wide angle.

LOL John, I used my cell phone to time it!

Thanks Paul

29 Oct 2007 6:24PM
Really interesting shot - and I'm glad it's prompted the discussion above about noise on long exposures. I've been advised to use Ninja but haven't tried it - and is C1 better than CS3 for Raw conversion in this respect do you think?
robway 13 318 Wales
29 Oct 2007 6:26PM
I'm blown away with this exposure. I love the quality of the water created by the long exposure.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
29 Oct 2007 6:26PM
Damn! Already scratches on my new laptop screen! Wink

Just love this Micky Mouse (read Microsoft) software´s sooo deeeeeep Sad

NO possibilty to change my Vista in Finnish any more!!
Hasta la Vista, Bill.......

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 6:27PM
What an excellent image Patrick. It certainly has a surreal air with those trails.

alyismad 12 9 Wales
29 Oct 2007 6:31PM
Patric An amazing shot. I have always been interested in low light shots, well done

BertC 11 29 Malta
29 Oct 2007 6:37PM
Magical Patrick !!!
Da Maestro ....
49er 12 564
29 Oct 2007 7:02PM
What a stunner... Will you stop making my jaw drop.. i wish you lived round the corner from me..( I would pester you for LS advice ) Although I think you might be glad you do not..

A pleasure as always
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 7:02PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Yes Rob, C1 is better than CS3 for now I think.

Jouko, what happened to give you those scratches? There must be a way to convert it to Finnish!

I wish Bert!

LOL Edgar, then you will just have to take a trip to California!

Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 7:16PM
well i like it too Smile
martinw 12 251 England
29 Oct 2007 7:21PM
Looks good to me...have you tried Neat Image? It's reasonably flexible so you may get decent results in this case.
Steveman 12 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 7:27PM
Surreal - a stunning image Patrick.
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
29 Oct 2007 7:33PM
Hard to believe this was at night, awesome image Patrick.

Lisa Smile
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
29 Oct 2007 7:37PM
What on earth do you do while you wait Patrick ? Wink
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
29 Oct 2007 7:39PM
Hi Patrick,
I love the depth and dof of this image,the lighting and detail of this is fantastic. I don't know too much about all that they are talking about so won't try getting into i can't help.
A tremendous shot in my eyes.
Take care,AnnSmile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Oct 2007 7:42PM
A stunning and beautiful shot Patrick. As someone notes above its hard to accept that this was a night shot. Its just wonderful. Hope you did not get wet feet.
chinny 13 492 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 7:46PM

stunning Image
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
29 Oct 2007 7:47PM
No more scractches here......only when I look at this shot of yours Wink

.......but down here not seen any more
So many C&C...LOL.......

NO WAY! Only IF you have Vista Ultimate version!!! Mine is Home Premium, which came with the GX700 Intel Core 2 Duo T7100...

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 7:53PM
Thanks for dropping in!

No Martin, I may give it a try though.

I know what you mean Lisa!

Chris, I just sat on the beach, enjoyed the warm breeze and watched the waves come in. Or at least I could hear them come in and see them at the last moment! Rather unnerving. It was nice because this is usually a foggy and cool beach on the end of a penninsula.

It's okay Ann.

Ron, the feet were quite wet, but that was fine as it was so warm.

Thanks John, I mean Paul (Chinny)!

LOL Jouko, I see what you mean now! I could use the clone tool to get rid of the scratches. Can you take back the computer and get the correct version?

debster 14 693 3 England
29 Oct 2007 7:55PM
What it needs Patrick is a huge sign above the thumbnail to tell people how extravordinary this shot is......from first glance, I thought it was a midday shot of some beautiful scenery......only when you really grasp what went into this photograph can you really begin to appreciate the outstanding result.

Simply put.....outstanding!!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 8:02PM
Thanks Debbie! You would have loved it out there. You really feel the power of the Pacific Ocean when you are alone on a deserted beach in the dark with nowone around for miles. A bit unnerving though....

REKLAW 13 3 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 8:08PM
your usual high standard Patrick, thanks for sharing the story, you did well, good work.

ron thomas Plus
14 11 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 8:25PM
This is superb, it is looking at a "familiar" type of scene but in an entirely new dimension. A very detailed write-up too.

Best wishes,

phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 8:25PM
A fantastic image Patrick,Excellent long exposure here and i like the star trails in sky.Excellent composition.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 Oct 2007 8:34PM
Prostone! Jennnn
29 Oct 2007 8:40PM
Stunning image, Superb.

29 Oct 2007 8:45PM
Simply Inspirational, thank you for sharing this.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 8:47PM
Yet ANOTHER amazing shot Patrick. Worth all the effort
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 8:58PM
stunning work Patrick
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 9:09PM

MarkT 13 119 2 England
29 Oct 2007 9:15PM
Like this a lot - superb shot.

tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
29 Oct 2007 9:32PM
Great shot, Patrick. I though this was a day light landscape merged with a star streaked sky when I first viewed it. You are a brave man leaving your camera for 30 minutes with that surf crashing around it.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Oct 2007 9:49PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Yes, Ted, it was a bit nervewracking. I had it up on a rock with the tripod legs pushed in to keep it low. The water would go around the rock but it never got to the point where I had to rescue the camera!

robincoombes 10 1 5 Wales
29 Oct 2007 10:13PM
Amazed at the exposure, I am trying desperately to work out how to capture a steam engine at 75 mph at night with 30 minutes exposure it will have traveled 37.5 miles do not have view finder that wide!!!!!
Great image

AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 11:03PM
Breathtaking work Patrick - and wonderful detail of how you did it all.
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
29 Oct 2007 11:41PM
Outstanding work again superb scene very well captured
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 12:38AM
What a way to spend an evening.....Lovely work Patrick, thank you for the detailed desription.

A Cornifornia of a shot if I may say so Smile

Wow. Incredible
beriah 12 1 Canada
30 Oct 2007 1:56AM
Your photography is PERFECT !! Are you famous yet?
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 2:25AM
Just when i think you have produced your best, you come up with this!! absolutely stunning mate, love the star trails and the long exposure effect on the water, looks very surreal almost like another planet, were the exposure settings guess work or did you work it out before hand?
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2007 5:16AM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Robin, I think from outer space you could get that shot!

I think you're right Gill, though you will have to do one over there before we can know for sure!

Debbie? Perfect? No.
Famous? No... I'm flying under the radar for now....

Terry, Last month under the same lunar conditions, I took a 10 minute shot at F5 and it was dark, so I tried 30 minutes. It had good a exposure range, so I tried it again this month and got it right the first time!

Super clever image PAtrick, dedication indeed, clambering around cliffs in the dark and lugging all the gear. You have turned up trumps with this fine image, easy to miss the stars in the thumb, the large version reveals all in gloriu=ous detailed colour. Exceptional work my friend.

Al the very best
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
30 Oct 2007 7:49AM
the effect such a long exposure has in this capture is quite startling, I've often wanted to try this but there is so much light pollution around here it's not really possible. Very good PP to remove that troublesome noise, the image sure benefits from your careful attention
proz 13 205 United States
30 Oct 2007 1:17PM
absolutely breathtaking image.
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 1:34PM
could be on another planet, really magical picture
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2007 1:40PM
Thanks for dropping by! You do need to have no light pollution and perfectly clear skies to do this. And next time, not as much moonlight and a longer exposure.

Yes Dougie, it was a bit of a scramble, waiting for the waves to pull back so I can get around the cliff's edge. It was high tide.

billma 14 119 United States
30 Oct 2007 1:49PM
Amazing photographic achievement. I tried a long exposure the other night...a complete failure I might say. This is beautiful.

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 3:41PM
This is absolutely awesome..everything seems to glisten and shimmer with light.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
30 Oct 2007 3:48PM
Thanks for coming by and commenting on my thistle close-up. It's very much appreciated.
Your work is spectacular - I have nothing to add to the above comments. Thank you for taking the time to tell about the shot.
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
30 Oct 2007 5:31PM
Strange and other worldly Patrick. Like a window on another world. Beautiful though.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2007 5:37PM
Thanks for looking!

Bill, just keep trying. It takes a few attempts (several hours) at F5 and clear skies to get it right!

deegee 13 181 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 5:39PM
It has surreal appeal Smile
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
30 Oct 2007 7:41PM
Very surreal feel to this Patrick,

norton 14 6 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 8:35PM
Superb capture...........

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 8:48PM
I'm late again Patrick. Amazing night time exposure. In reply to your question on my upload tonight, I have only just started using the Lee grads, but so far they seem reasonably easy to use. The Cokins I have are soft which means you end up with darker upper skies which I don't particularly want. It has only recently dawned on me that you can control the hardness of the transition with the aperture you use. I am thinking of adding a sunrise/sunset strip to stop blowing the brightest part of the sky.

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
30 Oct 2007 10:30PM
Fabulous image with an unusual quality. Thanks for the description

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2007 11:00PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Thanks for the info Nigel. Sometimes I'll use 2 ND soft grad 0.9's but it comes down to watching for what the sun does in the clouds. I wait for the light to become even before I take the shot, then I can pull down the grads to just below the horizon and the sky looks even with the sea or land. And I sometimes avoid cliffs or darker areas where a grad would be a problem. I don't know what a sunrise/sunet strip is though.

No problem Leigh!

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 2:46AM
Just had time to look at this in more detail, you can even see the shadow of the foreground rock has blurred during the exposure due to the moon moving i expect, i get a lot of blue as you know when shooting long exposures at night, do you have your white balance set to cloudy for this stuff?
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
31 Oct 2007 3:47AM
Hi Terry,

I'm not even sure what my white balance is set to. It usually looks just right so I leave it alone. Yes, the shadow moved during the half hour!

Did you feel the earthquake? It was actually like two of them. The first one made me feel dizzy and then the big one hit and a few things fell off of shelves. Nothing that fell broke and I have things nailed to the walls so no standing things fell over. It lasted about 30 seconds and had an amplitude of about 1 foot as it shook! I am about 50 miles from the epicenter, so down there in San Jose it was quite bad. I don't think any freeway overpasses fell though.

mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 1:17PM
Again, this is far better then the thumbnail suggested.

A stunning image, but in my view slightly overexposed - a night shot is allowed to look slightly dark! Would love to see how this looks a stop darker (maybe even a tad more)

With reguard to noise this is simply a fact with night photography. You have done well to minimise noise by shooting when the moon is nearly full.

I don't bother with 'noise reduction' - beacuse this will double the exposure time. For a 30 min exposure, you would need enouph battery power for a 60 min exposure - if the battery dumped after 59 min, you would loose the shot (and from experience, the 5D battery is good for about 90 minutes shooting from fresh - more if you have the grip).

I have done back to back tests with noise reduction on and off - and to be honest I got best results from shooting without noise reduction and converting in C1. Oftern for night shots, I turn the noise compensation in C1 up.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
31 Oct 2007 1:51PM
Hi Matt,

I've been playing with it and it can easily be darkened with no problems. I will try another one with a little less moonlight and more exposure time as well. Thanks for the info on these details. It always seems as though it is better to let software do things than what is built into the camera so I didn't set up the camera to do anything. 90 minutes? That should be enough. I don't have a grip, though I may get one if I really go for the super-long exposures. I;ll see about the C1 noise reduction. I usually wait until I'm in PS to do most of the processing.

How are things going for you now???


Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 4:16PM
Well Patrick what can I say, ... Exceptional, even by your high standards!!!!!!

phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 4:41PM
Superb as usual.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
31 Oct 2007 5:51PM
It does not get any better than this Patrick. Fantastic.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 6:25PM
A beautiful picture.
kengreen 14 16 Sweden
31 Oct 2007 9:13PM
As always impressive work. I had a bit of a time explaining to my fiance that it really was a night time image. Star trails made that possible.
I read somewhere that noice in long exposure is heat and that some experiments have been done with "kryo"technology? I imagine that at 28C and1/2 hr exposure heat would be an issue.

I wonder what would happen if you were to somehow attach an ice bag wrapped in cloth on the rear surface of the camera? Then when the pictures taken you can use the ice to cool something to drink before the trek home Smile

I'll try some long exposure up here in the north this winter when we have temps down around-15C
madusa1 10
31 Oct 2007 9:30PM
'Wow lovely colour tones, A fantastic capture well done.
shortski 12 3 1 England
31 Oct 2007 10:14PM
unbelievably gorgeous ethereal image.......jojo
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 12:41AM
i didn't even know there had been an earthquake till i saw it on the telly in the morning, i was in bed at the time and felt
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 Nov 2007 10:03AM
Until I read your description I would never have known this was a night shot. I was trying to figure out the streaks in the sky.All is revealed - like it a lot.
Do you want some of my melting watches ?Wink
xinia 13 54
1 Nov 2007 11:54AM
As always Patrick your shots are taken with much preliminary thought put into them and I admire your 'vision'......though I tend to agree with KeithH's comment here...with initial viewing I thought it was a day shot and the faint trail of stars didn't have 'convincing' impact.... though I wouldn't have a clue how .......Smile
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
1 Nov 2007 5:08PM
Thanks for dropping by!

OL Ken, well usually it is cool and foggy. I'm not sure if the hot night affected this, as it might be just that some pixels are relatively hotter and that effect would still show up in cold conditions. I will have to experiment. Interesting theory though. Let me know how your experiments go!

Sorry you missed the earthquake Terry, it was a big one! 1 foot horizontal movement with a full cycle every second.

Sure Sal... I mean Brian. And throw in a few skinny legged elephants too!

I know what you mean Maggie. I'll be trying some with a lower amount of moonlight vs. starlight to get a little more contrast in the sky. It might mean more noise though.

irishman 14 1.1k 2 Ireland
1 Nov 2007 6:04PM
now this is dedication for ya, utterly amazing picture Patrick, will you ever cease to amaze us with you wonderfully photography. Martin
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
1 Nov 2007 7:01PM
Can't believe it that this was taken at night time! Are you fooling us? Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 Nov 2007 7:49PM
I have never seen a 30-second exposure shot, Patrick, and this is a doozy! Considering the pixel problems you had, this has turned out utterly surreal and almost extraterrestrial!


PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
1 Nov 2007 8:24PM
Thanks Martin!

No fooling Jacqueline, this is straight from the camera. Notice the movement of the shadow of the foreground rock, or the smoothness of the ocean? That can only be done with a very long exposure!

Thanks Andrew, the more surreal the better. And it was 30 minutes!

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
1 Nov 2007 10:23PM
A breathtakingly brilliant image, absolutely incredible
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
1 Nov 2007 10:46PM
Excellent work as always, you are on top of your game! Spot on! Click!!!

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
2 Nov 2007 5:18PM
Thanks Edmund and Greg!

TeresaH 13 1.1k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2007 6:36PM
What I like about this is that it was pitch black when you took it and just by having such a long exposure you are able to bring "daylight" back! I'm going to try this on a particular waterfall I think!!

skydivemike 13 47 Northern Ireland
3 Nov 2007 7:45PM
Just stunning as always Patrick.

shutter speed 13 369 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2007 10:50PM
What a fantastic result, now where is there a beach near me!!! Better make sure I have a fully charged battery for an exposure like this and comfortable seat if fact my wife and I could take turns at keeping an eye on it 15min shift system sat in the car.

Great image Patrick.

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2007 6:05AM
what an outstanding image, inspirational SmileSmile
evelen 13 5 England
4 Nov 2007 6:35PM
beautiful image .
4 Nov 2007 7:35PM
Nice one like the subtle hint of star trails.

5 Nov 2007 2:22PM
Interesting to read your description. Impressive work. Love the picture!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
5 Nov 2007 3:15PM
Thanks for looking!

It is amazing Teresa, definitely try it on the waterfall, though it may just look like a daytime shot. Let me know.

Be careful Ian, you really have to be out there the whole time just in case a big wave hits. But you can st up a bit higher, but the image may be less exciting.

Possum 11 148 England
8 Nov 2007 7:05AM
It took me nearly 3o minutes to scroll through the comments lol!! You never cease to amaze, Patrick - that you could 'see' this shot with such poor visibility is astounding, and the surreal effect you've created is truly breathtaking.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
8 Nov 2007 7:22PM
a lot of work behind the shot with a great result
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2007 10:40PM
WOW, what a stunning capture. Well taken.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
9 Nov 2007 4:37AM
Thanks Allie Kin and Darren!

Allie, it did take a lot of fussing around to compose this. I could just barely make things out through the viewfinder!

12 Nov 2007 10:45AM
A scene out of "Willow".....I told ya...Smile


Anyways.....Yep, this is really quite lovely, P.....But how does one get a shot like this when you can barely make things out in the viewfinder....Let alone leaving it undisturbed for 30 minutes??


Have a wonderful day,
Suz Smile

PS: Just noticed the toddler shot, you ARE a young'n, looks to be shot somewhere in the 1930's or 40's, 'eh??

Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 9:56AM
30 are amazing......wonderful shot..
colin 13 697 5 Scotland
14 Nov 2007 7:17PM
Truly inspiring, Patrick ! Your reference to Dali came to my mind as well.
"You're Da Man!"
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
14 Nov 2007 9:30PM
Thanks Babs and Colin!

You have to fool around with it Suzie, looking just to the side as you move the lens around since you can see slightly more light off to the side than looking directly ahead. And on my baby shot.... I converted to to B&W...perhaps.... My mom says that she is 27 so you figure it out!

Nettles 11 England
26 Nov 2007 4:47PM
A really brilliant image, excellent quality as always.
HowardA 11 231
28 Nov 2007 2:26PM
I like it Patrick - purely for the fact that it's a night shot that looks nothing like one! The ethereal water around the three rocks really works well. As one or two others mentioned, I'd love to see it a stop or so darker but I'm sure you'll be back at some point!
Lovely stuff.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Nov 2007 3:25PM
Thanks Annette!

Yes Howard, with a slightly darker moon and a longer exposure, the sky will be darker with the land and sea still having detail.. I will be back!

dagste 10 Iceland
8 Apr 2008 12:08AM
wow fantastic photo .
ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 3:55PM
It's hard to believe you were still on Earth for this shot, it makes me think of some remote planet with an alien spaceship about to land at any second lol! An amazing capture, and like others have said, I have no idea how you managed to get such an excellent composition in the dark!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States