The fourth Monday of every month is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pens by Sally. This is my first submission in Architecture. Our pier in Huntington Beach is usually packed with people taking pictures both above and below. It’s iconic in our community. Besides being beautiful and fun to photograph the pier is truly a beautiful work of architecture. Standing under it at sunrise or sunset is magical. The water creates these wonderful reflections on the wet sand. I love the way the columns form lanes extending out into the ocean and depending on where you stand on the beach the light, the depth and the waves look completely different.
I took this photo with my iPhone5 using the Slow Shutter Cam app.
This app is fun to experiment with, but the controls are limiting and in many cases automatic. If you want to get great long exposure photos use a DSLR. I think it’s fun to experiment and sometimes I don’t want to deal with the process of using a DSLR. This app is a good alternative.
I used a tripod which is essential for taking long exposure photos. Within slow shutter cam you can control the exposure time, but the app automatically adjusts focal length and f-stop. You can see how it blurred out the water movement using the motion blur feature. I chose a strong motion blur. There are other capture modes of light trail and low light. I found it best to just experiment with these to see what they do because their titles aren’t helpful. Trial and error worked for me.
I edited the photo using Snapseed. The original colors were muted and I wanted it to be vibrant. I also brought up some of the shadow detail so you can see the glow on the rocks.
Slow Shutter Cam is available through iTunes for $1.99. It’s a great app for the money and if you like to experiment it’s lots of fun.