Drifting by grizzlysghost

Drifting

Clouds over Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
(This image may be purchased here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/drifting-over-lake-mcdonald-aaron-aldrich.html)

Happy Easter!

Composite of 291 photos, f/22, through a 10-stop ND filter, each exposure was approximately 3 seconds. I used this technique to bring more character to the moving clouds; this was my second attempt.

Here is a test shot of a single frame: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/furkids/2013-03-11

What I learned this go-around. The closer the clouds, the more dramatic the effect. These clouds were very far away, so by scale, they didn't move very much in the 15 minutes they were exposed. Also, and more importantly, use a FULL battery, or have a second one on standby. By the time the really great sunset colors came out, my battery was completely dead so I was unable to include the fantastic pinks, yellows, and oranges that lit up the skies.

*Spoiler alert: I used the ND filter to get my exposures down to three seconds each because the water was a little choppy, so making each exposure a "long exposure" flattened out the water for a better reflection. ;)

PP 31 March 2013:
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-03-31at92056PM_zps8251bdc5.png
T20, #3, Week 147, 5 April 2013
@soren Imagine if I got the sunset in there too! Next time for sure! This was taken clear up by the lodge.
March 31st, 2013  
Beautifully done Aaron. A fav
March 31st, 2013  
Fantastic, FAve
March 31st, 2013  
Stunning!
March 31st, 2013  
Magnificent shot, Aaron. Absolutely stunning. Fav.
March 31st, 2013  
Absolutely breathtaking. Fav.
March 31st, 2013  
Still a beautiful shot. To bad about the sunset, though. Always carry a second battery :). Believe it or not...I also used a ND filter on mine. You couldn't tell by the time I was done, though. I might have to find that editing program you use.
March 31st, 2013  
The water is like glass! 291photos?! Wow! This is amazing work! Fav!
March 31st, 2013  
Wow!
March 31st, 2013  
This is wonderful. Interesting using 29 shots. How do you blend them? In something like photomatrix?
March 31st, 2013  
@catwhiskers I use a program called Starstax to stack my photos (though I imagine any stacking program would do). I don't have a lot of experience with it, but I figured out I could use the program for more than just startrails when I did this shot: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/furkids/2013-01-11
March 31st, 2013  
@grizzlysghost thanks, I've never heard of that program
March 31st, 2013  
this is really stunning and cool! that's a lot of images to work with, tho... not sure i'd have the patience :)
March 31st, 2013  
Breath taking
March 31st, 2013  
Fabulous colours
March 31st, 2013  
Beautiful! I think it would be really helpful if you showed the "one shot" verses "291 shots" for curious people like me. ;) Or just for fun.
March 31st, 2013  
Just stunning
March 31st, 2013  
stunning!!!!!
March 31st, 2013  
spectacular!
March 31st, 2013  
a picture that touches the soul Aaron :)
March 31st, 2013  
Instant Fav
March 31st, 2013  
fascinating!
March 31st, 2013  
Aww wow! This is so cool! You so talented. :D
March 31st, 2013  
Incredible...so much patience but what a fantastic result, well done......fav
March 31st, 2013  
Oh that is jaw droppingly beautiful.
March 31st, 2013  
Interesting technique and very nice result.
March 31st, 2013  
So beautiful, awesome reflections
March 31st, 2013  
Awesome photo!
March 31st, 2013  
i can never get bored of this beautiful place!! :) happy easter aaron!
March 31st, 2013  
Simply stunning!!
March 31st, 2013  
It all looks stunning but I particularly like the water - so smooth.
March 31st, 2013  
Absolutely stunning!
March 31st, 2013  
Sue
Awesome, beautiful!
March 31st, 2013  
Mac
Gorgeous!
March 31st, 2013  
What an artist you are! I love everything about it! Fav.
March 31st, 2013  
Amazing as always, you put so much effort into these wonderful shots.
March 31st, 2013  
Out-flipping-standing!! FAV.
March 31st, 2013  
It turned out amazing, such clarity and smoothness. It worked exceptionally well
March 31st, 2013  
Your capture is magnificent. FAV.
March 31st, 2013  
Gorgeous! Fav
March 31st, 2013  
Standing O-----clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap !!!!!:)
March 31st, 2013  
Wow this is really amazing, instant fav!!! Happy Easter to you too!!
March 31st, 2013  
@mandyj92 Thanks! I added a link to a test shot in the description :)
March 31st, 2013  
Amazing. fav.
March 31st, 2013  
Fabulous! Nice of you to share your information too! Happy Easter.
March 31st, 2013  
Reminds me of Thomas Kinkade... wonderful glow
March 31st, 2013  
Definitely lovely. Wow.
March 31st, 2013  
Gorgeous!
March 31st, 2013  
It's really interesting to see how the layering works from the original to the final version. A fav.
March 31st, 2013  
Jo
Goodness what a shot, don't really understand what you had to do to achieve it, but who cares it looks great. Fav
March 31st, 2013  
Of course this is beautiful. A Fav for me. The one question that I have is how do you stack all of those photos? Do you have some special software for this because I cannot imagine doing all of this in Photoshop.
March 31st, 2013  
Breathtaking. great work. Fav!
March 31st, 2013  
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 31st, 2013  
@morrisphotos Thanks! I used a free program called StarStax, very simple to use :)
March 31st, 2013  
Stunning !
March 31st, 2013  
:) Fav
April 1st, 2013  
This is awesome. I love the pink colors. Fav.
April 1st, 2013  
Simply brilliant
April 1st, 2013  
Happy Easter Aaron!! Stunning shot!! :)
April 1st, 2013  
Sue
Wonderful!
April 1st, 2013  
HUGE thanks to everyone for your comments and faves, we made the Pop Page! You guys are awesome! :)
April 1st, 2013  
@kbalychev3 Thanks so much Kimberly, so sorry to hear about your account! But SO happy you're back :)
April 1st, 2013  
Well that's just wild! Aren't you clever :) It looks amazing and so very pretty.
April 1st, 2013  
Omg! Awesome! Fav
April 1st, 2013  
Oh My gosh Aaron! Could it get any better then this!! oh yes it can!! You constantly out due yourself!! I imagine you should be famous in no time! ;) Fav!
April 1st, 2013  
Gorgeous shot! Fav!
April 1st, 2013  
@ellimae Haha, thanks so much Ellen! I really do feel I still have SO much more to learn though, which keeps it fun! :)
April 1st, 2013  
by the way i have herd of doing that with the ND filter from a friend of mine who is also a landscape photog and you just proved him right with this one!! The water looks like glass and the reflection is just awesome! :)
April 1st, 2013  
Wow. Fav
April 1st, 2013  
Wonderful! I haven't got to grips with how you did this, but I can't wait to upload some of my shots made during my two months travelling down under.
April 1st, 2013  
Fantastic x
April 1st, 2013  
Love this one
April 1st, 2013  
magnificent!! a fav!!
April 1st, 2013  
fantastic, great to see the single image too, thanks for that. Fav
April 1st, 2013  
Stunning shot, great technique and composition.
April 1st, 2013  
I love this Aaron. Fav for me. Just out of curiosity, how long did it take to process with all those images? Got to love digital :)
April 2nd, 2013  
@emmasteil Thanks Emma! Not long at all :)
April 2nd, 2013  
mag
This may be the most awesome shot yet on 365 needless to say an instant FAB.....
WOW
April 2nd, 2013  
fav!
April 2nd, 2013  
one of your BEST !!!! fav
April 2nd, 2013  
Wow! Just stunning... fav of course, like everyone else :)
April 4th, 2013  
Congrats on number 3 for the week!
April 5th, 2013  
Congrats on TT - love this shot!
April 5th, 2013  
congrats on TT!
April 5th, 2013  
How could i have missed this.....congrats on TT and a huge FAV : )
April 5th, 2013  
Wow this is just beautiful! Fav!!
April 5th, 2013  
Congrats Aaron magnificent! Thought I fav'd this before? Fixed now.
April 6th, 2013  
This really is gorgeous!!! FAV!!! And well done on 3rd place!!!
April 6th, 2013  
Congratulations on the top 20 :)
April 7th, 2013  
I haven't been to Glacier NP in years, but each year we say we're going back. Your photography is beautiful and may be the final push we need to finally get up there!
April 20th, 2013  
@smellychelli Awesome, thanks Michelle! It's a pretty special place!
April 20th, 2013  
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