A new long exposure landscape in B&W: Walk on Water

First off, thank you all for the many Birthday wishes that I received via Google+, Facebook and mail! Highly appreciated! Secondly, thanks for the patience …. yes, it has been way too long since I last posted something new! So, here’s a recent long exposure landscape photograph in B&W titled Walk on Water for you!

I captured this photograph fairly recently during a sunset shoot with fellow Swiss landscape photographer Annick Jaquillard. Make sure to check out her work as well!

Walk on Water was recently published to our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio. The photograph features a line of rocks that acts as a breakwater on one of my favourite beaches at the shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) in Préverenges here in Switzerland.

Despite the beautiful sunset colours in the original, I decided to go for a black and white approach. I captured this long exposure landscape in B&W with my Nikon D800E. I used a Nikkor 24mmm f/1.4 prime lens and stacked multiple Lee neutral density filters to achieve an exposure time of 6 minutes. Yes, 6 minutes! I hope you like it!?

Click on the photograph to see a larger version or to buy a print or licence.

Cheers, Johan 🙂

Walk on Water, a rocky breakwater in Lac Léman

A lake landscape in B&W featuring a line of rocks acting as a breakwater in Lac Léman (Lake Geneva).

169 thoughts on “A new long exposure landscape in B&W: Walk on Water

  1. Tom Tran says:

    Please accept a much belated birthday wish, Johan. 🙂
    I haven’t been on much and have missed a bunch of birthdays this past month.
    So…how far out did you walk into this image? :D

  2. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Vic: thank you!
    @Ernst: danke vielmals Ernst! 🙂
    @Yasmin: thank you Yasmin 🙂 All is fine in my world and indeed great times ahead … in many ways 😀

  3. Yasmin Simpson says:

    As always, gorgeous to be back in your stream and find these delightful images.
    Love this B&W, dear Johan
    Hope everything is okay in your world, your favourite times are coming soon, snow and cold ;).

  4. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Nikola: dank je wel! 🙂
    @Valerie: thank you Valerie! 🙂
    @Dominique: blijf je fit van Dominique! 🙂 Many thanks. Hope you had a nice holiday! 🙂
    @Brian: thank you sir!! 😉

  5. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Елена: thank you and thank you 🙂
    @Davorin: many thanks Davorin!
    @Constantin: thanks! 
    @Yvonne: thanks!
    @Joan: very true! Many thanks Joan 🙂

  6. Davorin Mance says:

    Wonderful photo Johan. And with a few days of delay I wish you a happy birthday and many more great photos like these. :)

  7. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Grzegorz: thanks for the compliment 🙂 I was debating between the two in B&W by the way …
    @Günter: thanks and thank Günter! 🙂
    @Daryl: hey thanks Daryl! 🙂
    @Michael: thanks and thanks Michael! 🙂 

  8. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Armand: tough challenge there! I will keep you posted about my plans 🙂 
    @Patrice: thanks! Hope it is not getting boring 😉
    @Meg: many thanks Meg 🙂
    2David: glad you like it David! 🙂

  9. Michael Salmela says:

    The sky is fantastic with the bright highlights and wispy clouds, beautifully done, Johan. Happy belated birthday as well! 

  10. Günter Schurr says:

    First of all belated Happy Birthday Johann, hope you got some nice camera equipment.
    6 minutes is a very long time, if I would do the same without filters I’m sure my picture is white. Great profi work. Wonderful light and expression Johan!

  11. Grzegorz Piechowicz says:

    It is difficult to say which one is better, on your blog both are B&W 😀 Anyway, your photo is very strong in terms of composition and greatly processed. I can imagine this would present excellently on the wall :-)

  12. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Louisa: many thanks Louisa 🙂
    @Brian: thank you for the great feedback and kind words! Nice to meet you! 🙂 

  13. Brian Spencer says:

    Both of them are very nice Johan, but I like the composition of the above one better! The rocks in the foreground draw me in and keep my attention longer. Both have very nice tones and contrast.

  14. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Sophie: thanks for the compliment Sophie! 🙂
    @John: glad you appreciate this one John! And exactly the type of sky I will be looking for in Ireland 😀 There are two B&W versions, with a slightly different perspective. I like both, with a slight preference for the other one 🙂 

  15. John Dunne says:

    Johan, love that sweep in the sky and how it echos what is gesture of the rocks beneath. What a great image to return 🙂

    BTW I don’t see the colour version on your blog post?

  16. Armand Dijcks says:

    Very nice work Johan. Nice subtle tones and the sky has a nice texture without being over-sharpened as I see so often. I think I personally prefer the top version over the other one because the rock on the bottom grounds the image, and provides a nice textural contrast with the half-submerged rock behind it. This way my eye keeps wandering between the foreground, middle and background, which keeps it interesting.

      • Armand Dijcks says:

        Doing quite well Johan, thanks 🙂 I know, I should probably post more often. Currently processing some images from South Africa, taken back in March. Time flies…

        • Johan Peijnenburg says:

          Good to hear all is well! Hah, I am far from a serial poster either. Time flies indeed. I will be in NL again in November. Time to meet up again?

          • Armand Dijcks says:

            Yes, definitely time to meet up again Johan. November is around the corner anyway. Let’s see if I can post another image before than :-)

  17. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @RAMKUMAR: many thanks for the great feedback 🙂
    @Andreas: glad you like it Andreas 🙂
    @Danica: thank you! 

  18. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Alex: many thanks Alex! 🙂
    @George: thanks for the compliment and feedback. I agree with you! 🙂
    @Sumit: many thanks Sumit! 

  19. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Margaret: glad you like it Margaret! Hope all is well with you!?
    @Jerry: many thanks for the WOW Jerry. Always love those! 🙂 Good luck with the building work in the coming weeks!
    @E.E. Giorgi: thank you Elena! 😀 

  20. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Krystina: many thanks for the compliment and great feedback 🙂
    @George: thank you George! 🙂
    @Stephen: many thanks Stephen! 

  21. David Orr says:

    Dang ! I’m stuck between both versions, but I do love the stillness I get from the BW. Beautiful as always my friend.

  22. RAMKUMAR RINWA says:

    Beautiful black and white. ….. perfect composition …… straight line of stone create depth in photograph !!

  23. George Marquardt says:

    Another fabulous long exposure Johan! Of the two, I prefer the second one best I think, simply for how the rock provides a darker frame and seems to lead in to the photo better than the light rock, but that’s just my preference.

  24. Jerry Johnson says:

    The black and white version is sensational Johan! I am very impressed with the way the stones slowly disappear below the water’s surface. Wow!!

  25. Krystina Isabella Brion says:

    Beautiful.. love the perspective, makes the rocks look almost larger than life. Yet the horizon seems to go on forever. B/W is perfect for this mood. I’ll check the other image when I get home to my pc. :)

      • Annick Jaquillard says:

        Hmmm…Tough call here Johan, but after viewing both , I prefer the above version.
        The foreground with the lighted rock, makes it a perfect layers composition. Nicely balance and fits so well with the subject!

        • Johan Peijnenburg says:

          Thanks for the feedback! I do have a slight preference for the other one. It has a bit less depth, but it is more zen 🙂 

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      hey thanks Ian! Glad to be back. Missed it. Yep, had a great Birthday. Crap weather, but I was in great company 🙂 

  26. David Murphy says:

    Beautiful tonal range throughout the frame that really adds to a strong visual composition. Wonderful long exposure work!

  27. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Eric: thanks for the compliment Eric. And thanks for the feedback! 🙂
    @Markus: many thanks again Markus and have a great evening! 

  28. Eric Delcour says:

    Fantastic capture and very moody capture Johan .
    I personally (so that means nothing 😀 ) prefer the second one .
    I wish you a beautiful evening !

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