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Folly Beach Pier before Sunrise

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 11 September 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Charleston, South Carolina
March 30, 2016

"The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier is 24 feet wide, extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and is 23 feet above sea level. Known as one of the best places to go saltwater fishing in Charleston, visitors and locals also take advantage of the miles of Folly Beach views, bird watching, and walking."

This is a popular spot for sunrise shoots. There were quite a few people on the beach the morning we visited this pier. I really like making images before sunrise or after sunset-the amount of light that the camera sensor collects during a long exposure is amazing. The RAW capture had a blue cast which is typical at twilight. I warmed it a bit by adjusting the white balance during processing. My typical workflow is Lightroom + NIK Color Efex Pro + Sharpener Pro. Properly exposed low ISO images usually don't need noise reduction.

Camera notes: The 42.4 MP Sony a7rII has a full frame sensor that is enabling photographers to capture images with an expanded dynamic range in one shot. For many scenes, there is no need to shoot multiple frames at different exposures for HDR or create compositie images later in post-processing. The lens used was a Canon 70-200 f4L mounted on a Metabones T-Smart IV lens adaptor for Sony FE.

One of the most important aspects of the Sony mirrorless bodies , in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking . In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.

Since I am now about two years behind in processing and posting images from my photobirding and landscape image-making trips, I have decided that in 2016 I was going to take a different approach. Many photographers periodically reflect on their work and at the end of 2015 I started to realize that it was time to get out of my rut. Instead of trying to post every image from an outing or trip, I am going to select images that I find most compelling, and talk about where, why, and how in my narratives. What I enjoy most about my immersion in photography is that every image represents a unique place in time for me, and there is a story to tell within and behind each subject and composition. Along with the motivation to take my craft up another level in the field, I have also spent some time trying to become faster and more proficient in my processing workflow, both in the programs that I use everyday (Lightroom and Photoshop), and in learning to use new ones (ON1 Photo 10 and Capture One Pro). Why do we make images? Is it a fascination with the gear-the technology, the process, or is it both a purposeful and serendipitous way of seeing and sharing our personal experiences? For me, it is all of that, and more. What is it for you?

SONY ILCE-7RM2 30 seconds F/13.0 ISO 100 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

To see my spotlight images, click here .
This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A lovely night image.

11 Sep 2016 5:48am

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you, Michael.

Anne from France

Very nice shot!

11 Sep 2016 5:58am

@Anne: Thanks, Anne. You have a nice collection of images on your site.

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absolutely superb. Beautiful colors and framing. Have a good sunday Julie

11 Sep 2016 7:07am

@Marie Le Corre: Thanks for your comment, Marie. I do not have the password to comment on your site.

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

mmmm superb, bravo

11 Sep 2016 10:27am

@Dimitrios: Thank you, Dimitrios.

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful lighting.

11 Sep 2016 12:18pm

@Lai Chan See: Thanks!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice night shot!
such beautiful composition, colors, lights & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !!!

11 Sep 2016 3:09pm

@omid: Thank you, Omid.

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran


11 Sep 2016 4:20pm

@Ehsan Hemmati: Appreciate your visit Ehsan.

Frances from Boston, United States

A stunning image. Excellent color, light and detail in this shot. 5*****

11 Sep 2016 7:06pm

@Frances: Thank you, Frances.

Dany Hèm-Kervran from Morillon, France

What a stunning creation ! I love this lighting and the great colours ouf your composition.

11 Sep 2016 7:26pm

@Dany Hèm-Kervran: I appreciate that, Dany!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful colors, reflections and leading lines captured in this composition!!

12 Sep 2016 2:15am

@Steven: Thanks for your comment, Steven.

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Gorgeous pre-dawn scene. You managed the exposure superbly.

12 Sep 2016 3:13am

@Darkelf Photography: Thank you. Love having the live view LCD show the histogram and focus peaking on my Sony! Lately I have been mindful of just how great the technology is with all of the camera features that help to get sharp, properly exposed images.

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Great shot! Taking it before the colors of sunrise worked well as it creates a monochromatic scene with the lights creating contrast. The light bursts/stars are great. I take it that was done in-camera.

12 Sep 2016 11:21am

@Anita: Thanks, Anita. Yes, the bursts were done in camera. The might have been smaller if I had used f16, but I chose f13 because I had no specific foreground element to make sharp.

L'Angevine from Angers, France


12 Sep 2016 1:30pm

@L'Angevine: Merci!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

12 Sep 2016 6:45pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you, Ruthie. Good to hear from you.

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

12 Sep 2016 6:45pm

@omid: Thanks, Omid.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Fantastic shot. Congrats!

12 Sep 2016 7:47pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks very much, Barbara.

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran


13 Sep 2016 6:29am

Babzy from Besançon, France

beautiful ! congrats :)

13 Sep 2016 7:03am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Awesome long exposure image!!! Superb reflections! Congratulations :-)

13 Sep 2016 8:54am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Wonderful composition, great night shot, congrats Julie !!!

13 Sep 2016 12:00pm

k@ from Paris, France

Gorgeous light & quality, bravo !

13 Sep 2016 5:35pm

jean pierre a from France

superbe prise! amitiés

14 Sep 2016 7:14am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Congratulations! Magnificent photo!

14 Sep 2016 7:49pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Congratulations! Well deserved Spotlight.

15 Sep 2016 11:23am

Devi from Chennai, India

fabulous night shot !!!!!

15 Sep 2016 11:24am

Linda Candilas from Cameron Park, United States

Congratulations on your Spotlight.:))

18 Sep 2016 6:06am

@Linda Candilas: A belated thank you!

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice night image ! I especially like the light reflections !

20 Sep 2016 11:10am

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Your pictures of the last weeks I like very much , but I miss your bird photos !

20 Sep 2016 11:14am

@Sonja: Thank you, Sonja. My photography lately has concentrated on landscapes and sports, but the next post will be a bird just for you!

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

I am already curious and look forward to !

21 Sep 2016 5:51pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

The larger light bursts draw my eye out to the end of the pier.

2 Oct 2016 3:05pm

@Anita: Thanks for your observation, Anita. I always appreciate knowing what other photographers see in my images.

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Hi, Julie! Only today I read your text, in which you write about photographing and in a broader sense about this hobby. I understand you well and can understand everything. Earlier, it was important for me to get a lot of comments and I am pleased to hear any praise. However, it is too much time,daily throughout post comments. It's important that I show my photos people who have the same interest and especially birds, but also for the beauty of nature are open. In this sense, I greet you cordially! Your photos are missing me!

3 Oct 2016 6:17pm

@Sonja: Hi Sonja. I'm glad that you shared your thoughts with me. I value the types of interactions that I have had with other photographers on aminus3. It is important to me to have an outlet to share my images, but over the years, I have found that I have less time to spend posting and making comments. The meaningful conversations with you and other photographers is what I enjoy the most. I have amassed thousands of photographs, but still feel compelled to make images. As you said, we are observers of the 'beauty of nature' .

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Hello Julie. I sent you my password via the messaging of Aminus3

18 Oct 2016 8:49am

@Marie Le Corre: Thank you, Marie!

JCJ from Troyes, France

excellente qualité belle photo

26 Oct 2016 9:44pm

@JCJ: Merci!

Babzy from Besançon, France

lovely light ;)

26 Nov 2016 9:50am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I whish you an excellent year 2017 Julie. For you and yours.

11 Jan 2017 3:27pm

@Marie Le Corre: Thank you, Marie. Best wishes for 2017 to you as well.

PD from Kansas, United States

Hi Julie. Very nice image... how long have you been using the Sony bodies?

8 Jun 2017 2:21am

@PD: Hi Paul, nice to hear from you. As you can see I have not been active on aminus3 for awhile but I just happened to think of you the other day as I was remembering the Arches & Canyonlands workshop we took with Don Smith a few years ago. I was influenced to try Sony by Don and Gary's switch from Canon and got my first camera-the crop sensor a6000 in August of 2015. I used it in Gary's October 2015 Eastern Sierra workshop and absolutely loved the results. I bought the a7rII in November of 2015. Since then I have not carried any Canon bodies on landscape shoots (much lighter pack!), but still use Canon for my sports and portrait photography.

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Hello Julie
I created a new site and deleted the precedent. We can reach from now on my new space without password. Here is the link : http://tempsdepose.eklablog.com
Have a good week-end.

9 Jul 2017 4:10am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

i love the atmosphere, transporting me to a calm place - always a necessity :)

7 Nov 2017 12:03pm

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Hi Julie. I change of website, the new link is in this comment.
Has you another site outside Aminus where we can see your photos? You can answer me via Aminus or personal e-mail. Thank you and good day.

7 Dec 2017 9:48am


30 seconds
ISO 100
70 mm (35mm equiv.)