Photographer's Note

Shoreline in West Vancouver, after the first winter storm of the year. The wind knocked over many trees and caused many power failures, however, the good thing is that it also created some big waves and nice action on the shoreline. This was taken after the storm passed and the sky was clearing, but the wind was still pretty strong. In fact, I heard a tree fall down while I was taking pictures, and when I went to leave the road was blocked by a tree about 100 meters from where I was. As you can see from the log in the water, it wasn't the first one to fall.

This is typical shoreline on the West Coast of Canada, not too many beaches but lots of rocks and forest, giving it a very wild appearance, even when you are right in the city. Believe it or not, there are million dollar homes right behind where I took this picture, though you would never know it when you look along the shore.

Some technical notes - I really used a lot of filters on this, with a 3 stop hard grad and 3 stop soft grad, plus a polarizer for good measure. Why? I wanted a long exposure to get some flowing action in the water, but it was too light as the sun had not even gone down yet. I didn't want to wait for it to get darker, because I was worried that the clouds would disappear by then. I put on the grad filters to really darken the sky. I used the polarizer because that can cut the light by a stop too. I was finally able to get a 2 second exposure which gave me the effect I wanted.

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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