• Derek Jecxz

Escaping Brilliance


It is easy to be captivated by a beautiful sunrise or the brilliant colors of sunset. Such moving scenes last for brief moments and I often have to put aside my awe, get working and push my creativity. As an artist, I am not content with merely duplicating the landscape; I seek to portray it from my perspective. Of course, this is easier said than done, however, when I focus my efforts the result is art.



I have been to this location on the western shore of New Jersey numerous times and it has always been a challenge to escape its brilliance. On this occasion I patiently waited until the sun had set. I hiked a short distance in the thick shore grass and located a perspective that included the bent reeds; I liked the way they led my eyes to the water.


I made a number of exposures with my widest Hasselblad lens, the 24mm; I also used my tilt-shift adapter (HTS). As the light changed I also attached a Grad ND 0.90 and an 81c warming filter. To achieve the desired focus I used a smaller aperture (f16 and f20) and my shutter speed ranged from 10 seconds to a minute and a half.


My last few exposure were over 2 minutes each. At that moment I knew it was time to pack things up and get out of the mud and reeds.


I made these photographs using my digital Hasselblad camera.

#NewJersey #Dock #Reeds

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