May 16, 2016

The Clock Tower

I haven’t been shooting or posting much lately, in case you haven’t noticed. The reasons are varied and rather boring, so I won’t bore you with details.

So yesterday’s windy day with dramatic clouds moving across the sky was just what I needed to get out and break my funk. My destination was the Ayer Mill Clock Tower, that icon that keeps watch over the Merrimack River in Lawrence. I’ve shot it dozens of times and it doesn’t get old.

I decided to break out my 10 stop neutral density filter and let the wind work for me. The 10 stop allowed me to slow my shutter speed to over 30 seconds. While the clouds were not moving as quickly as I would have liked, I got some great motion in the trees in the foreground on the left. Of course, with or without the wind, the river is always moving at a rapid pace.

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