Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada – Sean Howard – Guest Photographer
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This is what I picture the world looking like before the first amphibian made his ground breaking trek out of the sea. Sky, Water, and Rock is about as simple as it can get. The blues are very calming, so if you are having a stressful day then take a moment, relax, and take a few deep breathes and lose yourself in Lake Ontario. Afterwards, check out Sean’s website http://www.seanhoward.ca
My friend Eric and I run a podcast where we talk about purpose, passion and getting $h*t done – attentionsurplus.ca. The week I took this photo we had just completed two interviews that changed how I think about my work and my hobbies (in a good way). As I headed out on this particular day, I wanted to see what would happen if I approached photography in a more disciplined way while also letting go of as many expectations as I could. I also wanted to slow down and just sit with the process more. So I chose to do some long exposure work. I opted to bring my Zeiss 21mm f2.8 distagon lens with my filter kit. The photo in question is using a 10ND filter as well as a .6ND soft gradient to bring the sky down slightly.
The location is the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto. It is a manmade peninsula where they bring truckloads of concrete and rebar from demolitions. It is still actively being built but on weekends they open it up to the public. I love this location as it’s easy to disappear there and not run into any people. I also find it fascinating that it is a giant construction junkyard on one hand and a nature preserve on the other. Only in Canada.
What I really love about long exposure work is how the photo slowly reveals itself to me. It’s a game of inches with a lot of waiting. I start an exposure and then ten minutes later it flashes onto the screen and I have this immediate response – the camera needs to tilt up slightly, or the image needs a bit more light. I can’t see what I’m doing because of the 10ND filter (the viewfinder is completely black) so I adjust things “blindly” by a tiny amount and then start the process over again.
Processing was pretty minimal. Some tweaking of levels but mostly just global parameters. I spent a lot of time trying to get this one “in camera” and was pretty happy with the results.
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