The River Rise


The low angle of the setting sun sparkled across the Merrimack River as chunks of ice washed past on the fast moving current. The warmer temperatures and the rainfall have the river running high. Behind one of the Mill buildings, shortly after being ushered away from another, I set up my tripod, dropped my ISO to 100, stopped down the aperture to f/22 and screwed an ND8 filter to the end of my new 50mm f/1.8 in an attempt to get a prolonged exposure to capture the movement of the river. I could have waited a bit longer in the failing light to get a much longer exposure, but chose to take these test shots with the intention of converting them to black and white. As you can see, I left them in color and captured a slight bit of motion in the water with a 2 second exposure.

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