Not long ago I published three photographs of a series I had taken at sunrise over the last Thanksgiving vacation at Nags Head, North Carolina. There I focused on a very long-exposure blue sky, a brilliant orange-red sky, and a gIowing gold one. In a second pass through the series I discovered an image I took just as the blue hour was beginning to yield to the reds of the sunrise, and I was pleased with the reflection of the sky in a receding wave (figure 1). The white dot at the top right is Venus.
The image was captured at 6:20 am by a Nikon D 3400 on a tripod. The exposure was 2-seconds, ISO 100, f/10. The focal length was 15 mm, the lens a Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. The camera’s long-exposure noise reduction was engaged.
I edited the thing with Capture 1, and the main adjustments I made were to brighten the image (2-seconds were about right for the look of the water I wanted; the RAW image is quite dark) and to hit the reds just enough to give expression to the redness of the low-hanging mist. A touch of clarity brought out the line of dark clouds that runs horizontally through the center of the image and their reflection in the slowly receding water of the last wave.