Keansburg Peir by Ruth Carll
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Keansburg Peir

September 18, 2020

This is a shot I've wanted to take for a long time. It is the Keansburg Fishing Peir. This is an in-camera stacked 10 images in order to get the creamy water. It was overcast and perfect for shooting in black and white. I love abstract photography and my goal here is an abstract feel to this.

17mm · f/ · varied - multiple ex · ISO 100
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Matthew Lacy's picture

This one is fantastic.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks Matthew!!

Chris Jablonski's picture

I like this, Ruth! You achieve your desired abstraction very well here. Definitely one for the monochrome rendering.

You could get a very similar effect with one long exposure as well, which would be a common approach to this image. Care to say why you did it the way you did? Active preference, or didn't have ND filter with you? There could be subtle differences between the two effects, especially if there were moving figures on the pier.

Good to see you posting, and I hope all's well with you & yours. :-)

Matthew Lacy's picture

I think it makes a good monochrome because of the way the different tones play with each other. The white on the left, the black at the bottom of the poles, and the grays elsewhere all work in good harmony in this one.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks again!

Ruth Carll's picture

Hey Chris, i like doing the stacking (in camera) because, when doing a single shot long exposure, too much detail shows up where i am looking for the empty space. But, if I take the multiple images and overexpose one or two of the last images, it wipes out the detail in the water and background (which were the brightest areas) leaving just the blacks in the peir and sand. Essentially blowing out the highlights. Does this make sense? It creates the negative space.

Chris Jablonski's picture

So you knew what you were doing, well & truly!

Your work has developed enormously since you first started posting, Ruth.

Your flair for the visual arts has always been in evidence, but over time as you've developed more faciility with the photographic medium, you use it - as here! - with great subtlety and nuance when called for to achieve your desired result.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks a bunch Chris. Most of what i have learned came from this site and friends like you!!

Mr Krohenzo's picture

Really nice image Ruth. I love the negative space in this one.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks s bunch Mr Krohenzo!