How curious it is, to mount a camera on a tripod, compose, adjust, and then shoot for several seconds, or minutes, and then be amazed at the striking final result... Certainly very different from the instant perceived reality, but still uniquely captivating and extremely intense! It's a shame that we don't have the ability to open our eyes and let our "inner sensors" adsorb light in a continuous way, experiencing the wonders of long light capture, the vibrance of colours, the quietude of movement...

This shot was made near Fortaleza do Guincho (Lisbon - Portugal), some days ago... The weather was extremely cold, and the sun had set... Still, the sky kept its colors, which started getting more and more intense. The result: an hour of very long exposures, sneakers and legs absolutely soaked in water, a ton of sand around my feet, sand on my tripod, splashes of water in my camera, lenses and filters and, the best of all, and extreme feeling of oneness and close contact with raw nature, untouched, wild, beautiful...

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Equipment and technical data:

Camera: Pentax K10d
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Filters: 3 stop ND Grad filter
Tripod: Manfrotto x190prob + RC486 head
Remote shutter release

ISO: 100
Aperture: f11
Exposure: 15 seconds

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