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Boneyard Beach

Boneyard Beach

The original motivation for going to South Carolina was this place: The "Boneyard" beach in Edisto Island. Over time, the ocean has eroded away the coast into the forest, leaving a "cemetery" of dead trees. I was experimenting with a 13.5 stop neutral density (translation: very, very dark) filter to make this shot. What this does is it drastically cuts the amount of light entering the lens, allowing me to use very long exposure times even in broad daylight. This is a minute-and-half exposure in bright sunlight. The super-long exposure allows the water and sky to move liberally during the capturing of the image, leading to interesting abstract blurs that the human eye does not see. This is one way that I use the camera as a perceptual tool; it's not just a device for documenting visual "reality" as we see it, but a different kind of eye entirely. The boneyard, with it's surreal landscape, was a perfect place to put this artistic theory to the test.