Man Made Sunset at Juanita Bay Park

Juanita Bay Park: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS

Please click on the image to see a larger version. I spent this evening at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland.  Mike and I arrived just after 5 pm, hoping for a nice sunset, but the thick clouds did us in.  We waited until dark, putzin’ around and looking at the ducks swimming nearby.  What the setting sun couldn’t provide, the lights of Seattle did.  The distant clouds over the emerald city were lit up brilliantly!  I set up my tripod and captured a 5 1/2 minute-exposure.  The overhead glow was reflected by the water, and the many stumps served as interesting foreground subject matter.  I hope you enjoy the shot.

13 Comments
  • Barb Michieli
    February 22, 2011

    Very cool!

  • Kalpana
    February 22, 2011

    Beautiful!

  • Bev
    February 22, 2011

    Mahesh,
    You are wasting your time in medicine, you should be an artist.

  • Orion
    February 22, 2011

    I know this spot well, I love Juanita Bay Park, it’s a nice place to practice telephoto with the wildlife. Love this unique long exposure take on it!

  • Mahesh
    February 22, 2011

    Barb, Kalpana, Bev, and Orion…thank you very much for your kind comments. Orion, it’s good to hear from you after so long. Speaking of wildlife, yesterday afternoon I went to Skagit Valley and captured a few decent shots of some short-eared owls.

  • Nicole
    February 22, 2011

    I love the colors of this one! And the sky looks so cool…

  • Mahesh
    February 22, 2011

    Goldie, thanks! I know this is just your type of sky! I love the “smearing” effect of the long exposure.

  • Dianna Wachtel
    February 22, 2011

    Artist/medicine–I think you do both superbly :) Lovely, thanks for sending.

  • Sally Allison
    February 22, 2011

    I agree with Bev, even though I do not know you. Somehow you need to market these pictures and your abilities!

  • Chris Budech
    February 22, 2011

    Mahesh, did you bracket different exposure times, i.e. how do you come up with 5 1/2 minutes and I assume with those long exposures the aperature is wide open???

  • Mahesh
    February 22, 2011

    Sally, thanks! I love radiology just as much as photography. I can’t see myself doing one exclusively.

  • Mahesh
    February 22, 2011

    Chris, thanks! Yes, I did bracket the shots. The sky in the 5 1/2 min shot is totally “blown out” (overexposed). My decision to expose for 5 1/2 minutes was what I came up with after doing some test shots. The aperture was actually f/11, so not wide at all. I wanted as many things in focus as possible, so went with the smallish aperture.

  • JT
    February 23, 2011

    Amazing!

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