Mangrove at Sunrise by Kym Howard

Woke at 4.30 am this morning after spending an evening with friends. I quickly dressed drove down to the bay and captured a sunrise. After the sun rose I captured this image of the Mangrove Tree. Long exposure of 23 seconds. At 17 seconds with my camera set to Manual on Bulb I rotated the lens barrel back to 55 mm and then back to 18 mm again to create this zoom effect.

Canon EOS 500d
ISO 100
ND400 Filter plus 1/2 grad ND2
Long exposure of 23 seconds
zoomed barrel at 17 second exposure mark

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  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillabout 5 years ago

    Golly gosh gumdrops! Very creative and effective outcome, Kym! Have not seen the ND x400 used this way before. :)

  • Hey me neither! LOL I took several images this morning & at the last minute before going back for breakfast and a much needed coffee I thought I might zoom the barrel and see what happens. I really surprised myself on this one. Love to see you try this out also. I set my camera to Liveview so I can watch the timer count down easily I thought after 17 seconds the image would be nicely captured on the sensor and it was really just a quick zoom back and forward at the very last few seconds of the exposure.

    – Kym Howard

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    brilliant kym

  • Thankyou a bit of a fluke but turned out well

    – Kym Howard

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittabout 5 years ago

    What a great idea, well done, very creative!

  • Thanks Richard, came up a treat was worth the 4.30am trip to the water without brekky and coffee
    will be uploading the unzoomed version shortly for a comparison

    – Kym Howard

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much

    – Kym Howard

  • BethW
    BethWabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Kym! Really nice image. Well done.

  • Happy New Year Beth

    Many Thanks it was an experiment at the end of the exposure and thankfully worked out really well something I will be trying again

    – Kym Howard

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image, very dreamlike, love the tones and treatment……

  • Thanks so much long exposure used here of 23 seconds at sunrise

    – Kym Howard

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    I love trees, this is beautiful!! so magical.

  • Thanks so much Kim and thanks for adding me to your watchlist

    – Kym Howard

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Kym. Your time & effort was well worth it!

  • Thanks so much Renee

    – Kym Howard

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago


  • CezB
    CezBabout 5 years ago

    Kym this is beautiful, congrats on such a great shot.

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