Footsteps

Before I went to Mexico, I bought myself a B+W 10-stop ND filter with the hope of capturing some cool images while down there. It definitely took me a while to get the hang of using it, but it was a fun learning experience and I think I was able to get a few decent shots. The hardest part for me was getting these long exposures with no cable release, since I forgot to pick one up before I left. Basically I was stuck like an idiot holding my shutter button down for minutes on end trying to stay as still as possible to eliminate camera shake…not cool. A few of the long exposures came out a little fuzzy because of this, unfortunately.

Something about footsteps in the sand on an empty beach is very peaceful. This image brings me back to the morning I took it and the feeling of solitude I had while shooting. I hope you enjoy it.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, 24mm, F 11, ISO 100, 221 sec

Jim Denham - December 27, 2010 - 6:38 am

Beauty Heath! Love the processing and the 10 stop effect! Well done!

Scott Frederick - December 27, 2010 - 7:08 am

Hey buddy nice to see a 10 stop from you. I’m surprised at how well this turned out if you were indeed holding the shutter the whole time. A bunch of my shots were ruined just from the wind gusts and can be a bummer when you wait around that long for exposures. Can’t wait to see more buddy!

Tobias George - December 27, 2010 - 7:15 am

Great shot, Heath! Also impressed at how clear it turned out without a cable release!!

Jesse Pafundi - December 27, 2010 - 8:12 am

Awesome you got one! Pretty jealous. This came out great and really impressive you held that shutter down the whole time.

Steve Beal - December 27, 2010 - 8:37 am

Great shot Heath! Gotta get me one of those 10-stops 🙂

Jacob Lucas - December 27, 2010 - 11:08 am

This is awesome Heath… great job!

Mike Olbinski - December 27, 2010 - 12:05 pm

God bless you Heath, I love these kinds of long, B&W exposures…the footprints make it unique and interesting.

Need to get me one of those filters too!

Brian Matiash - December 27, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Excellence here, my friend. The elegance to this simple B&W is tremendous.

Dave Wilson - December 27, 2010 - 8:43 pm

I love these pictures – so gentle and serene! The 10 stop ND filter on my wish-list is still sitting there unbought so I know what my first photography purchase of the new year is likely to be.

Heath O'Fee - December 27, 2010 - 9:04 pm

Thanks so much for the great comments, everyone! I had a blast shooting with the 10-stop and I can’t wait to share more with you all.