The Big LE Reveal

4 Jun
Niagara Falls (ON, CA) Ferris Wheel - Long Exposure

Niagara Falls (ON, CA) Ferris Wheel – Long Exposure

Finally, the submissions are in and we can show you our interpretations of Long Exposure work!

My first submission is an image of the ferris wheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which also happens to be one of my fondest memories of the place.  I had gone several years ago and really enjoyed the view from the top of the ride.  It puts you high above most of the other buildings and lights and gives you a nice view of the main attraction – the Falls.

This image is actually a composite of two different images, layered and blended by hand.  The short and long exposures of this image both had components I wanted in the final version, so it made sense to layer and mask, so I could have fine control over the fnal blend.

I contemplated desaturating this particular image, but in the end, decided the lights were indicative of the area the ferris wheel resides in (Clifton Hill) and the image was better with the color.  Tourist demand has turned Clifton Hill into a fair-like atmosphere, with lots of bright lights and gimmicks.  The Sky Wheel is a major feature of the tourist landscape and obviously, it’s own bright lights give it personality.

In the end, it is just a ferris wheel but the view of the Falls left a lasting impression.  Sky Wheel, I salute…errr…photo you!

10 Responses to “The Big LE Reveal”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene June 4, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    Congratulations on your entry. It’s fabulous, and your description of how you arrived at the final image so interesting. The magic of RAW, eh?

    • seeingspotsphoto June 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Thank you!!!

      And seriously! I remember there was a time that I was so intimidated by RAW (or…really…the idea of buying all sorts of software to process it) and now I can’t imagine processing something without it. There is just so much more data to fine tune an image with!

      • The Wanderlust Gene June 5, 2012 at 12:37 am #

        Yes! I saw a guy transform a discard type of shot into something of great beauty using just 1 program and that RAW image, so I can imagine how much fun you can have with it:).

        By the way, howling was your exposure?

      • seeingspotsphoto June 5, 2012 at 1:14 am #

        The longest exposure was 6 seconds. =)

      • The Wanderlust Gene June 5, 2012 at 3:18 am #

        Um. Thanks for that technical insight:)

  2. rossanaf June 5, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Fantastic picture!
    I couldn’t make it for the long exposure project but I’m excited to see the results… and waiting for the next project, of course 🙂

    • seeingspotsphoto June 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      The next project is going to be fun with a capital F! I’m pretty excited about it! I hope you can join us. =)

      • rossanaf June 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        Yes!! Can’t wait to see what you’re planning 🙂

  3. luv2shootpics June 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Are the photos submitted posted somewhere?

    • seeingspotsphoto June 6, 2012 at 1:46 am #

      They will be shortly. Nick is putting together the gallery, probably as we speak. =)

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