I went out last night in hopes that the clouds would break and allow me to shoot November’s full moon.  As I drove out to my intended destination, I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the sun slowly set and the clouds break into great patterns.  I decided to head straight to Fort Sewall first and hoped the light would hold til I got there.

I ran up the hill and explored both ends of the Fort but noted that the harbor side offered the best light.  As the sun set, the light was picked up by the water.  I grabbed my circular polarizer out of the bag and attached it to emphasize those reflections.  This also served to cut down the light and I closed down the aperture to get a 15 second exposure.  That softened the water and made for a great tranquil scene.

I rarely mention post processing but this one took me an hour to get ‘just right’ so I thought I would discuss it a bit.  I started off with a solid image and did some local adjustment.  In Photoshop, I painstakingly removed every single buoy floating in the harbor.  Most were in the distance near the causeway but it really does make a big difference – especially if someone orders a large print of this scene.  I then adjusted curves and sharpened selectively.  By the time I was done, the final file size of this one image was 1.15 gigabytes…