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for get pushed this week @adi314 challenged me to try a bw long exposure in the style of Michael Kenna and without using ND filters... Adi suggested trying the technique Tony Northrup uses in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcZkCnPs45s

hopefully this is reasonably close to Kenna's style...

some info on Michael Kenna from Wikipedia
"Michael Kenna (born 1953) is an English photographer best known for his unusual black & white landscapes featuring ethereal light achieved by photographing at dawn or at night with exposures of up to 10 hours. His photos concentrate on the interaction between ephemeral atmospheric condition of the natural landscape, and human-made structures and sculptural mass."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kenna_(photographer)

some examples of his work:
http://www.michaelkenna.net/imagearchive.php

this is a blend of 7 images - each 3.2s long... each image was processed from RAW in LR... following Northrup's process, i brought them into PS as a stack, aligned, converted to a smart object and then used the "mean"... i also did some clean up work... once back in LR i converted to b&w using silverfx... back in LR (again) i tweaked the blacks and whites, and added some vignetting...

i'm also using this for the Dogwood week 27 - flattery...
@adi314 - so... what do you think? close enough to his style? thank you for that link to northrop's video... not sure i agree entirely with his thoughts on filters, but that PS bit is cool, and i think worked quite well for this...
posted July 18th, 2018  
Your work is fabulous Northy a big fav
posted July 18th, 2018  
Wow -- what link are you talking about? This is fabulous! Fav.
posted July 18th, 2018  
@taffy thanks Taffy... i guess my write-up could've been clearer... i was just tasked with emulating Kenna's style... not a specific image... i will try to clarify in the explanation...
posted July 18th, 2018  
@northy No worries...I just really liked this and assumed it was long exposure. But then wondered if you'd done something in processing that I was missing. Anyway, I always love your work...and learn from it.
posted July 18th, 2018  
@taffy thx 🙂... if you watch the video, bout midway thru Northrop explains how to use PS to simulate a long exposure... although each image was 3.2s, and the water was quite still, the original images were still quite a bit rougher than this... processing in PS really gave it an extra bit of glow...
posted July 18th, 2018  
@northy Thanks for all the links!
posted July 18th, 2018  
Well done. A wonderful capture. Fav!
posted July 18th, 2018  
Amazing
posted July 18th, 2018  
Brilliant image result.
posted July 18th, 2018  
Magical, fav
posted July 18th, 2018  
quite marvellous, northy. thank you for all the links. though i think i would need 24 hours to spare to accomplish what you did here ;)
posted July 18th, 2018  
Stunning, FAV!
posted July 18th, 2018  
Wonderful result. I need to give this technique a try.
posted July 18th, 2018  
Neat result.
I think this is basically what the Sony PlayMemories Smooth Reflections "Fake Long Exposure" app does.
posted July 18th, 2018  
This is just fabulous and a fav, of course.
posted July 18th, 2018  
Extremely interesting and informative - off to watch video now!
posted July 18th, 2018  
Awesome! faved
posted July 18th, 2018  
Yeah, I question his whining...I mean, some of his complaints about filters, too. I mean, if it takes you a minute to put the filter on, you're doing something wrong. But he takes some beautiful photos.
As do you. And your offering today is gorgeous. I'm gonna try this technique. You've inspired me.
posted July 18th, 2018  
@dood14 tx :) i kinda laughed at his comments on the polarizing filters... mine live on my lenses - and i don't think the extra stop of iso is that problematic... i do keep meaning to experiment to see whether i really feel they help, but y'know, then i would have to spend a "minute" taking them off ;p

posted July 18th, 2018  
Wonderful and very atmospheric. Fav
posted July 18th, 2018  
Beautiful image
posted July 18th, 2018  
Great photo. I have been reading about that type of long exposure and have been wanting to try it. Seeing how well yours turned out is motivating me to get off my bum and do it.
posted July 18th, 2018  
Exceptional! The most helpful links are very much appreciated. Can you do this strictly in PS? I don't own LR.
posted July 18th, 2018  
@joysabin tx! And yes... the heavy lifting is done in PS... I just use LR to process from RAW and to adjust contrast and stuff... all things you can do in PS...
posted July 18th, 2018  
@northy Thank you. My old version of PS CS5 even can handle this, no great results yet but I'm on the right path.
posted July 19th, 2018  
love the softness
posted July 19th, 2018  
I've read of this but not tried it! This is really nice and a very interesting approach. Fav and thanks!
posted July 20th, 2018  
Ooh I like xx
posted July 23rd, 2018  
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