April 15, 2013


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It has been a crazy weekend. On Friday morning, I picked up a rental camera and lens at Lens Pro To Go. The D800 and 24-70 zoom are being used as you read this post, to shoot above the start of the Boston Marathon from a helicopter. It sounds sexy, but the shoot has practical purpose. It is to assess the race logistics and identify potential public safety issues. I’ll be shooting traffic patterns on the highways and roads leading into Hopkinton and shooting the town itself from Athletes Village to the start at various times from early morning through the three wave start of the race. I’ll have more on the shoot later this week, including some images (of course).

So, I rented a D800 for the weekend and decided to take it out for a test drive. I spent Saturday shooting some long exposure around the mills, then made a quick trip up to the beach for some ocean long exposure. This shot is a one minute exposure using stacked 2 and 10 stop filters. The wind wasn’t as fierce at the ocean as it was around my home, so the clouds were moving pretty slowly. Still, I’m very happy with the results.

Speaking of Lone Exposure. My friend Scott Wyden has a new Long Exposure course up on Udemy. It walks you through everything you need to get stared, has some great tips and equipment suggestions. I’ll have a more comprehensive review of the course in a few days.



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  1. Good luck on the marathon shoot Bob! Really nice cloud movement here – even with the movement, the calmness of the beach really comes through!