Alki Watercolor

Alki Beach: Panasonic GF1, Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6

It was a beautiful evening, so my wife (Cindy), our two dogs (Penny and Wally) and I drove to Alki Beach in West Seattle.  I brought along my micro 4/3rd camera and a couple of small lenses.  While Cindy walked Penny and Wally, I set up my tripod and took some long exposure shots of the skyline.  The image you see here is a composite of two separate exposures.  I exposed the city buildings for 3.2 seconds at f/8 and the water for 4 minutes at f/8.  In Photoshop, I applied an additional horizontal motion blur filter to the water to spread our the colored reflections and give it an even smoother appearance.  I then combined the two exposures.  Blending the two images wasn’t difficult as the junction between the city and waterline is almost perfectly horizontal.  I was hoping to give the somewhat lack-luster scene a bit of “punch” and an artistic touch.  I hope you enjoy it.

10 Comments
  • DRao
    August 31, 2010

    that’s nice. I hope you are doing well!

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Thanks, D! I’m well. How are you?

  • Ken Dobson
    August 31, 2010

    Very nice as usual, Mahesh. The only thing missing is the moon, which would have punched this way over the top.

    It’s been a long time since Phototakers. It’s nice seeing your work again.

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Thanks, Ken. I totally agree…now where did I put that moon? :)

  • Karen
    August 31, 2010

    Breath taking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Karen, thank you! Always a pleasure to read your words of encouragement.

  • Elisa
    August 31, 2010

    Another incredible shot! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Elisa, thank you! I hope you enjoy Portland. We all miss you here.

  • Miriam Lariscy
    September 1, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful. Hey, if this whole doctor thing doesn’t work out, maybe you could do this for a living!!!
    Looking forward to seeing you in November!

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Miriam, thank you so much. Let’s just hope I’ll never have to rely on earning a living from my photography. LOL!

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