Long Exposure

Pat Scanlon

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August 18th, 2013 - 12:46 AM

Long Exposure

This photograph of the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin in Washington DC was quite difficult to capture. It was taken at nearly 9pm in late spring, shortly after the sun had dipped below the horizon. It was shot on a tripod because of the 15 second shutter speed (200 ISO). I had the aperture closed down to f32 for the depth of field and because I wanted a slow shutter speed to flatten out the water. What made this so difficult is that I had my tripod placed on a busy bridge and every time I released the shutter a truck would drive across the bridge and shake the tripod. In the end I was quite pleased with the results. The photograph recently won third place in a large photography contest.

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