Cypress At Sunset 2860
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A lone cypress trunk in Albemarle Sound, Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Wearing waders, my buddy, Dan Waters and I slogged tripods, camera bodies, and lenses around submerged logs and boot-sucking mud, hoping dearly to avoid an expensive misstep. And we waited in the chilly water as the sun approached the horizon. The colors emerged in the southwest sky, and this cypress became a silhouette. As the sky darkened, the silhouette merged into its background. "This is where the magic happens," Dan explained, as he fished his flashlight from his pocket. By now, exposures for the sky were several seconds long. This gave us ample time to use our flashlights to paint otherworldly light onto this eerie tree trunk.
We took turns - one of us painting with light, and the other exposing his image. Through trial and error, we zeroed in on that right combination of sky exposure and adding light onto the tree.
We slogged back around the submerged logs and boot-sucking mud, this time in the dark. And knowing that one sinkhole could ruin not only our expensive gear, but probably some great images we knew we'd just recorded!
December 27th, 2014
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