Two abandoned piers in a tranquil Lac de Neuchâtel - long exposure in black & white

May 7, 2012 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Long exposure photograph with two abandoned piers in a tranquil lake near  Neuchâtel (Johan Peijnenburg)
24mm – f/11 – 63 seconds – ISO100 – D3x with 24-70mm f/2.8

A few weeks ago I visited Lac de Neuchâtel near Estavayer-le-Lac in Switzerland with two friends. The plan was to do some long exposure photography together. It was a very windy day with dark clouds. Luckily there were also a few little patches of blue, to let some sunlight slip trough once in a while. We searched for interesting locations along the borders of the lake for quite a while. At some point we got lucky and stumbled into a little hidden beach with 6 or 7 abandoned piers in various states of decay. So we found our subjects, had some heavy waves, an interesting sky with cloud movement and patches of light hitting the lake. Great ingredients for long exposure photography.

Because (and despite) of the wind, I decided to do go for exposures of one to three minutes to smoothen the water as much as possible. I expected the waves and light patches to create a nice milky and soothing effect in the resulting images. The shot above is a one of the images I got away with: a rough looking lake magically turned into a tranquil one. I hope you like this long exposure photograph!?

I used a Lee 10-stop ND filter in combination with a Lee 3-stop ND filter. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 4 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.