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Deep in the Dark Mangrove Swamp

February 2, 2010

More painting with light in the Everglades. Went out into the mangrove swamps in a canoe for a few hours and explored the ‘glades by moonlight. For this shot I put the tripod over the side of the canoe into the water which was a bit over 5 feet deep at this spot. The exposure time was 20 seconds and the light came from a 99 cent LED flashlight that was swept over the scene during the exposure. While doing long exposures from the canoe I ran into an issue that was a first in my photographic experience. I discovered that it was important to find locations where the bottom of the swamp was more sandy and less muddy. If the tripod was on soft enough swamp bottom during a long exposure it would gradually sink into the muck over time resulting in a blurry image. I also had to be careful to keep away from the submerged tripod during a shot because the slightest bump from the canoe would also wreck a shot.

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  1. February 3, 2010 9:41 pm

    This shot is stunning, Jim. You and Jim G. did a great job on this one. You’re pretty brave putting your tripod over the side with your camera on it. I’m no where near that brave. It’s one thing to shoot with a plastic bag over your camera in the rain, but quite another to do what you did.

    Beautiful scenery there, Jim. It appears that I missed out on a great trip.

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