One of my favorite locations for fine art photography is along the river bottoms in Chariton County, Missouri. This past summer, this area was under floodwaters from the nearby Missouri River. I recently took a drive to scout this location and survey the damage from last year’s flood. There is a particular home at the end of Aholt Avenue. It’s an old two-story farmhouse that was likely abandoned after the Great Flood of 1993. The house is severely damaged, and the paint has been peeled away by the elements.

I set up my shot to split the axis of the picture plane with the house and tree directly in the center. The clouds overhead were moving straight towards me. I took this opportunity to use my 12-stop Haida Neutral Density Filter combined with a Haida 100 x 150mm NanoPro MC Soft Edge Graduated 0.9 Neutral Density Filter to take a long exposure to capture the movement of the clouds overhead. I used my trusty 42-megapixel Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera coupled with a Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II lens at ƒ/8.0 with a 62-second exposure at ISO 100. I processed the RAW photo with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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