A few days ago I stumbled upon this shot that I had initially started processing but then forgot about. I remember liking the shot a lot, but due to extensive noise I didn’t really bother. The noise came from a hot sensor (high temperatures, extended use of live view mode and long exposure) and looked much like what I had to deal with in “A Desert’s Sky”. Luckily this time it was an easier fix: duplicate of layer + noise reduction + median filter at moderate settings blended with darken blending mode. The resulting file is more or less noise free and thanks to the blending almost no detail got lost.

Long exposure on the coast off Jeffrey's Bay.

Timeless Blue

This shot was taken on the end of a long battle I fought against the surf and razor sharp shells attached to the rocks (I think this was the day that I decided to never go again and shoot seascapes without any kind of foot-protection) on the main beach of Jeffrey’s Bay. The sun had long set and I was playing around with my Big Stopper. I got lucky with the shifted white balance and the misty atmosphere created by the long exposure.

Jeffrey’s Bay
Eastern Cape
South Africa

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 14-40mm f/4L USM
ISO 100, f/11, 331 seconds
Gitzo Tripod

2. December 2011