Now that the hustle and bustle of holidays are over I hope all had a wonder holiday season and are now ready to break out the cameras again for a new year of creativity and fun. January is usually a month often not conducive getting out of bed early and venturing out in freezing weather, at least not for anyone but the true hard-core. Even I have to work up the motivation at times.
This month though I am featuring an image taken a little farther south. Maybe I am just trying to warm up a bit. Anyway, this old river dock is located along the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Florida, just south of Jacksonville. Taken just before sunrise I wanted this shot to take advantage of the soft morning glow and the still air to create a simple image that communicated the solitude of early morning along the river. I knew that soon after sunrise the light would change drastically and morning breezes would quickly churn the waters of the river. The mood would quickly fade. Using a small aperture in this case was not needed to gain maximum depth of field. But I wanted to smooth out as much of any movement in the water as possible by lengthening the exposure time so I went for f/22 and left my polarizing filter on to force another 1 ½ or 2 stops of exposure time. This combination gave me a 25 sec exposure, enough to gain most of the effect I was looking for.
Just a note, I could have added a neutral density filter such as the Lee Big Stopper to force even a longer exposure (should have) but of course I was without it that morning. However, using the polarizing filter for this purpose helps and this filter can be very useful for other things than darkening a blue sky. These two other images captured during this same morning walk made getting up early worthwhile. At least I had my Starbucks.