Waves At Cedar Lake - jimdenhamphoto

Sony A7II | Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 | f/11 | ISO 50 | 0.5 seconds | 43mm | Smooth Reflections app - 16 exposures

The decision initially was whether to go for a morning walk or not. It was 38F and I had just walked the previous afternoon, but rain was coming in and I knew the time was short. Then it hit me, I could get out and test the new 24-105mm lens. It looked like there was a possibility of a sunrise, but at the least, the textures in the clouds out the front window looked promising. Settled!

Jumped in the car and drove over to Cedar Lake, just a few minutes from my house. It's a familiar landscape but one I knew was facing the sunrise in case it stirred up and at least had a couple of foreground elements I could use for another else than testing the limits of the lens.

As I pulled up, what color was left in the sky was fleeting, but man there was some great cloud cover and the lake absolutely calm. After taking a shot or two of the pier, it seemed like a good time to test the reach of the lens from out on the pier looking towards the back of the lake at the levee. If you'll notice the EXIF data, this was shot at 43mm. Even though that is not a great deal of length, it is beyond what  Could have shot with the 16-35mm and it allowed me to eliminate some distractions to camera right. Perfect!

After taking a test shot or two, I decided to give the Smooth Reflections app a go and try to smooth out the clouds a bit as they did have some movement. Tried one shot at 16 exposures and another at 32. The 32 smoothed it out too much and the 16 exposure image looked just right! Made it look like waves in the sky against a still lake and bank.

As far as the lens goes, the zoom ring is a bit sticky - not as smooth as the 16-35mm was - and a bit heavier. The wide end will take some getting used to - it definitely does shorten up the image a bit, but the ability to get across this lake without changing lenses was really handy. I think it's going to work out - I mean, it's all in what you get used to, right? 

The image was processed in Lightroom and NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. Hope you enjoy it!