This is a thirty second exposure taken last night about 25 minutes before official sunset, from the southernmost tip of Randall’s Island in the East River. Queens is to the left. Manhattan is to the right. And Roosevelt Island is in the middle. I like how the 3–second exposure smooths the water but does not eliminate all sense of motion. I sepnt about one how at this spot, from this time until 30 minutes after sundown, moving along a roughly 100 yard stretch of the shore.
For a bit of comparison, I’m also showing the straight-out-of-camera JPG below. As I have previously discussed, I am very fond of the Fuji JPGs, but in this case I thought the added dynamic range of the raw added something worthwhile to the image. Also,the Lee Big Stopper filter that I used to take the 30-second exposure adds a cool blue color cast to most images which is easier to correct in RAW versions. I could adjust the white balance while shooting to help the JPGs and I might want to experiment with that going forward. It’s a bit tricky because the blue color cast varies from image to image. It is barely perceptible, I think, on this image, but much stronger on others, and seems most pronounced on under-exposed images.