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Pier, North Topsail Beach

Pier, Topsail Beach

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 10 seconds
Aperture: f/22
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100
Other: Exposure Bias +1.33 EV

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The old SeaView Pier in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina is extremely photogenic, and photography businesses do a roaring trade in the summer months by taking family portraits underneath it. The good photographers do it right, and time their sessions for the hour or so before sunset, when the light is at its absolute filtered best.

This photo was taken in a quiet minute when the pier was actually empty, and uses the beautiful low light and my trusty neutral density filter to great effect. The exposure time of 10 seconds has a fantastic softening effect on the crashing waves, and also allows the colours captured to become more saturated and rich.

A final word of advice: when shooting on the beach, make sure your tripod is firmly positioned in the sand to prevent any chance of movement throughout a long exposure.

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