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How I Got the Picture / Bill Wakeham

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  August 18, 2008 10:10 AM

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Newburyport Harbor panorama by Bill Wakeham

The picture was taken from a friend’s boat in Newburyport Harbor looking ESE, Aug. 2 at about 9:45 p.m. after some thunderstorms had passed...

The post-storm conditions made for a very still night with haze, and contributed to a quick build-up of smoke from the fireworks show. These conditions, in my opinion, added to the photo circumstances.

I set my tripod and camera up on the bow (thankfully, a wide beam), using a 17-85 IS lens at 17mm with AF (autofocus) and IS (image stabilization) off.

My camera was set on manual, ISO 100, f/8.0, AWB, and the shutter (bulb) speed for this particular photo was 1 second using a cable release.

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Ed's Note: Bill, who is retired and lives in Haverhill, says he is becoming reacquainted with taking photos using digital cameras (Canon S3 and 40D).

He enjoys taking photos of his pets, landscape, and wildlife -- particularly birds -- using natural light.

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