It recently came to my attention that my photograph of the Santa Monica Pier was “Explored” on Flickr. As trivial as this sounds, it’s always been a big deal for me to get my images explored.
This photograph of the Santa Monica Pier was shot back in February during the Los Angeles Photo Walk that was hosted by Trey Ratcliff. I’ve been to several other photo walks before and never have I seen such large mob of photographers all together in one place. I was pleasantly surprised by how Trey Ratcliff personally greeted each person that attended the photowalk. It was refreshing to see how down to earth he is. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Mr. Ratcliff’s work, you should head on over to www.stuckincustoms.com and prepare to be blown away.
For those interested in the technical details, this is a single exposure photograph shot directly into the sun. It is not a composite of multiple images. I was able to capture this within a single exposure by using a Lee 10 stop Neutral Density filter combined with a 15 second shutter speed. The Neutral Density filter blocked enough light from the sun to be able to drag the shutter and capture motion without overexposing the image.