This image was taken a couple of days ago in Naples, Florida… just off Gordon Drive at the public beach access. It was just a quick walk around shoot… maybe catch the sunset, since we were in the area anyway.
Well, one thing led to another and I decided to stick around after twilight and try some longer exposures.
I was carrying my Leica M9 digital rangefinder with a 35mm Summicron mounted up. Since I didn’t have a tripod, I set the camera on one of the pilings… just moved it around until it was fairly level and stable.
I used the self timer so that the shutter would trigger without any interaction or movement from my touch. I set the ISO at 80 (pulled) and stopped the aperture down to f/22 using a 32 second exposure. I derived the settings from previous shots and testing the results using an automative shutter setting. Ultimately, I liked the slightly under exposed results.
The post work was simply a matter of a slight straightening of the horizon, getting the brightness where I wanted it, pushing the saturation and vibrancy a bit, then pulling up the shadow detail. Of course, at f/22, there was a little bit of sensor dust removal to take care of.