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An Evening in Arkansas: The Night Comes to Life with Long Exposures

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I have been planning a trip to Arkansas to shoot the fall foliage for several years and usually I run out of time. This year, I have a bit of extra time so I made the reservation and I was off to Lake Catherine to shoot autumn in Arkansas.

They warned me that the leaves have gotten a bit brown as it had been so dry. The drive was a little disappointing as there were very few reds or even rich golds. My next option was the many waterfalls in the Ouachita National Forest but as you can guess, no rain, no waterfalls.

My first few shots of autumn leaves worked out better than I expected. As the sun retired, a newfound passion was ignited: long exposure night photography. I learned techniques from my friend in Colorado and I'm very excited about the many creative options that it opens for my photography.

My first subject was the dock which created light painting in the water. When you do a long exposure the light creates rich colors and sometimes surreal effects. I am planning on shooting Christmas lights, more water scenes and buildings so stay tuned. I'm excited about a new focus on the night.

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