Some photographs take a few seconds to process, others a few hours, some days and the occasional one several months. This black & white fine art landscape titled Shadows & Light falls in the latter category. Why? Well, I like it a lot, and I wanted the processing to be just right. Usually, this means that I process it from scratch multiple times to see where I want to take it and what my vision for it is. Subsequently, I let it sit for a while and then come back later to see if it needs further tuning. It is not that I PhotoShop it to pieces. Sometimes, it just takes time to find the right balance between tones, contrast, and structure in black & white fine art like this. Gradually, the differences between subsequent versions become smaller. Luckily!
This T-shaped wooden pier lies in Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) near the small town of Préverenges in the Swiss Canton of Vaud. I shot it at sunset after a rainstorm. As a result, the wooden pier is lit sideways with soft light. This creates a subtle play of shadows and light, which is what I like the most in this photograph. Some of you may remember my photo titled The End, which I published a while back. This black & white fine art photograph was taken on that same night.
This photograph was captured with a NIKON D800E and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I used a Lee 10-stop ND filter and a Lee 2-stop ND filter to get to an exposure time of 4 minutes.
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Cheers, Johan 🙂