Joel Alston / by Kian West


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Canon 7D (1.6x crop sensor)

Canon 15-85 Ultrasonic USM f3.5-5.6


Shutter 441 seconds

Aperture f.11

ISO 100

Focal Length 15mm

One night my friend and I were just bored and walked around taking photos at Newcastle Baths. I saw a very slow movement of textures in the clouds and thought it would make an awesome “smudge” on the sky effect as the clouds pass by. This exposure was close to 8 minutes.

I love the amount of clarity and detail you get from using a larger aperture number such as f.11 in this case. The white balance I adjusted manually to this deep marine blue as when I shot this it was from using a “cloudy white balance” which made the shot more orange.

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