Baltic Summer - Dziwnowek, Poland – Krzysztof Browko
I am not sure how warm Poland is in the summer, but this looks absolutely frigid. This is the second feature for Krzysztof in the past few months and his Springtime image was just as beautiful yet completely different. We love this one for the subtle tones and excellent use of long exposure. The blurred clouds and water almost create a mirrored image above and below the horizon that the breakwater is pointing you towards. Great composition and very well done. Please read Krzystof’s account below then once again visit his portfolio here http://browko-photography.pl/.
The picture “Baltic Summer” was taken at the beginning of August, 2011 at the Polish seaside, in a small tourist village called Dziwnowek. There are a lot of breakwaters built there to protect the seaside from waves. This image is one of the breakwaters so crucial to protecting the area. Several minutes before the sunset the sky got very interesting. To achieve the impression of balance and peace I found a symmetrical composition which leads the viewer deep into the picture. I also used a wide-angle lens to create this effect. Since I had to set up in the water, the camera was put on a tripod which was placed firmly so that it was not to be knocked down by waves. I used a neutral density filter to prolong the time of exposure. It was increased tenfold and took 5 minutes. As a result the clouds got blurred on a dynamic sky and the waves got “frozen”. I took a few more shots that evening but for me this one was the best.
Camera: Canon 5D Mk. II
Lens: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Shutter Speed: 5 ½ minutes
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