Fstoppers Potd Concrete on Water

Concrete Stuff in the Water

“This was taken in Malmö, Sweden a windy evening. So windy in fact that the fisherman usually using this concrete contraption where nowhere to be seen, which suited me just fine.

As walked out on the beam this shot is taken from I understood why they had left. Some of the higher waves really smashed into the construction with force sending strong jolt through it.

I wondered this was the night it all would crash down into the ocean.

Anyway I setup my tripod as low as it can go, mounted the camera, took some tests shots and figured out how long the exposure would be with the Big Stopper attached, a bit under 4 minutes would be fine.

So I took the shot waited the 4 minutes 10 sec and for the “Long exposure noise reduction” equally long and of course I had forgotten to take into account that I was loosing light fast due to the sunset. So I quickly put some more time on the cable release and waited yet again for the long exposure.
With the waves shaking the structure from time to time during the shot I just briefly checked the shot in camera before heading back to firm land.

Looking a bit closer on the photos in camera I could see that the shaking had not made the shots blurry as I was afraid, probably the shakes felt more than they actually moved. And even with this strong wind the ocean had become as smooth as silk due to the long exposure.

And then I developed this in Lightroom back home, the 2nd shot of the two. I had skipped using the Long Exposure Noise Reduction because if it wasn’t good enough (as the first one) I could have taken a third, but I didn’t want to wait on the beam those extra 4 minutes. So I had to remove a lot of bright pixels on this shot, but in the end it was worth it.

But I do prefer Long Exposure Noise Reduction on.

Manny have asked what this is, and why the title. The reasoning behind it is that I don’t know what it is. What is was used for or why it is there. I have tried to find out but I get different answers and no one can point me to somewhere with hard evidence.
But the 2 top suggestions are:

1.) It was used for loading and unloading of boats, but for that to be true some really big parts must be missing and especially parts of the rail, but it doesn’t really seem to be missing parts of the rail, it seems like it was intended to stop just as it looks now. But I cant know for sure.

2.) This was the base for a “boom” or “beam” which a power wagon on the rail could swing over the opening in the harbor behind us, to close and open it. This to me seems somewhat likely but, knowing how big the harbor behind the shot is, it must been a really long boom” or “beam”

So I really don’t know what it is..so thats why it is “Concrete stuff in the water” -Magnus Larsson

Camera: Nikon D800E
Lens: Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
Filter: Lee Big Stopper (ND10)
Tripod: Benro Travel Angel
Extra: Nikon MC-36 Cable Release


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