This is the first shot I grabbed during last Tuesday’s gathering of photo bloggers at Boston’s Fan Pier.
Contrary to appearances, this was shot pre-blue hour. The decidedly blue tone of the image is not a result of the disappearing sun, nor is it a result of software trickery. It is the result of an underexposed long exposure (102 second exposure, f/8.0, 320 ISO) using the Lee Big Stopper. When we arrived to start shooting, dusk was upon us and the wind was blowing so I figured I’d grab a shot with the Lee Big Stopper before the lights of the city started to come on. The result was a rather blue, very dark image. But since I shoot RAW, I was able to gain a couple of stops, revealing this moody view of Boston’s skyline.
Processing was almost entirely done in Lightroom. I increased the exposure and applied a graduated filter to bring back some of the tones in the sky. I used the Lens correction tool to fix the perspective, and gave it a tighter, pano crop.
Back in Art School, we’d call the results “a happy accident.”
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