I thought I would share another example of shutter blending. This photo is called “Splash”
When I saw this rock formation in the water, I totally pre-visualised this image…. I immediately saw three quite separate parts of the image in my mind.
1) A razor sharp foreground clearly showing the detail in the beautiful sand with the water providing lead-in lines to the rock.
2) Long exposure water to remove the distractions from the sea and focus instead on the colour and movement and allow you to concentrate on the gorgeous rocks
3) I was intrigued by the way the ocean was splashing up against the rock in the background, so I wanted to “freeze” a splash in mid air as a contrast to the long expsosed sea.
Executing this was pretty simple, 1/125 sec exposures for top and bottom images, then screw on the 10 stop ND filter for the middle exposure (about 20 sec from memory).
Blending was also pretty simple in Photoshop, couple of minutes with the Wacom tablet and I had some pretty seamless masks.
I’m enjoying the abstract possibilities of Shutter Blending. I’d love to see some examples of others experimenting with this approach