I had my tripod set up and was taking pictures of the Ross Bay storm drain when these boys, oblivious of my activity, arrived and got out of their shoes and socks and ventured onto the drain. My feet hurt just looking at this as I know how cold that water is. I was watching and wondering, if they get caught by a bigger wave and pushed over the side into the deep water, do I have to go in after them. Thank goodness I did not have to follow that thought through to an answer. I hate cold water.
Like a recent post that does not include people, this photograph is made with several long exposures combined with HDR techniques. This too is processed within Photomatix, but combines only half as many shots. In this instance the boys were very much in motion and they are derived from only one of the three brackets used. They are blurred because of the long exposure and their excited running about.
The earlier post with more brackets and longer exposures has a nicer quality to the water than this one, but I felt that I was not going to get the boys at all with a 20 second exposure, so I dialed the neutral density filter down several stops. I am happy to have parts of them in focus and parts in blurred motion. It represents well what I was watching. If only I could have arranged for both the kids and nice creamy water surfaces.
Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, f-22, 3 brackets at 1/10th, 1/20th and 1/40th seconds