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Force of Nature by uberfischer Force of Nature by uberfischer
From the upcoming Pearl Jam album...

Wednesday was fascinating. The first (of many) autumnstorm of the year came rolling in.
It was quite brutal with winds up to 38 m/s, and that is more than i have ever witnessed.
I was stuck at work all day, but as soon as i was finished i got my gear and headed down to the sea.

Shooting a storm like this was very hard. First of all, there was salt in the air. EVERYWHERE!
I was driving several kilometers away from the sea but my windows turned white every other second....
So it was impossible to shoot without getting my filters fucked up. Almost every shot was ruined...

Then ofcourse...the wind made my tripod shake quite a lot. Hell...i had trouble standing on my own feet.

Another problem is to capture the force of such a storm with a wideangle. Getting up & close is impossible
because of the saltspray. Shooting from a distance with a wideangle makes the storm seem a lot less brutal than
it really is. But i gave it a try and did my best. Ended up shooting at 14mm. Set up my shaky tripod on a spot where the wind was less roaring
and started shooting a few frames. I wanted my exposure to show the force of the wind, but at the same time
not freeze everything. So i had to pick the correct shutterspeed. The margins were small... I ended up using
a 1 sec shutterspeed @ f/18 to get the exposure i wanted. I think i managed to show some of the power involved.

A really fascinating and difficult session...Hope you like the result.

1 sec
iso 200

ND 8 and polarizer
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Antimas Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
hehe i know how you feel, most of my filters have had to be washed very carefully recently after some beach shots, worth it though
uberfischer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
definately worth it :-) but can be a pain in the ass...
nummerni Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
very well done - and thank you for the information on how it was done - very valuable for hacks like myself :nod:
risingguardian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Dang, that must be painful. Really nice effect you got though with the storm.
novelhill Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
i love this photo
northwestphotoman Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like a painting! I like it a lot. :)
Kangdoken Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Brilliant! only wish some of my pic could turn out the same :/
justeline Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
I totally hate waterspray, it has ruined so many of my recent shots and had me frantically wiping my filters after every exposure!
You did an excellent job, you really managed to capture the essence of the storm! :nod:
locked-inside Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
totally love the colors in this photo :wow: and the water!
Found-ndLost Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Hey! This work has been featured here: [link]
ChuckNorrris Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Heftig, skulle ønske jeg var der da det blåste heftig:) Som seiler så er jeg glad i mye vind, men det er nok litt i heftigste laget... Hadde mer enn nok med 20m/s da jeg seilte i Sverige:)
Allegoria-Images Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Well done dude, hard sounding session, but the result seems worth it.
Hehe, I feel you man. Shooting at the sea is never easy and the windier it gets the more difficult the shot. You did a great job. I never can seem to get my tripod stable when I'm at the beach and the winds are strong.

I love how the grass gets mowed down by the wind. ;)
Ghost-Q Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Like the water movement
JoInnovate Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning piece of nature, intense atmosphere, nice shot, i would write a bombastic citique :D
Roman89 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, nice pic!
Great colors and great effect of the long exposure.
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