Caloosahatchee River looking purple in long exposure at twilight

A view of the Caloosahatchee River from the Yacht Club in Cape Coral, Florida - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm tripod mounted with cable release 30 sec exposure

I have not made many photographs of Cape Coral in my time here for a variety of reasons.  This photo of the Caloosahatchee River at twilight is the start of a series of Cape Coral fine art photographs I will be making available for commercial license usage (on websites, in local marketing materials, etc) and also as fine art prints.  

This is actually a very simple shot to make as long as one has a tripod.  Mount your DSLR on your tripod, find a good viewpoint of the river, let the sun go below the horizon for a few minutes, then set the exposure to as long as it needs to be to get the results you want.  To the human eye, the river and sky did not look anything like this.  It just looked dark.  Once the sun really disappears is when the camera has the advantage to pull out all remaining available light, and in the process the moving river water glasses over looking pretty and smooth.

Book a 1-on-1 DSLR photography lesson with me to learn how to make photos like this!