Missouri Life Magazine asked me to take over their Instagram account for some editorial photography during the worst of the Missouri River flooding in Central Missouri this past summer. I spent a couple of weeks traveling to different flood areas in Boone, Cooper, Howard, and Callaway counties. Several trips were made to McBaine, Missouri to photograph the big burr oak tree. The champion oak tree was surrounded by floodwaters and was inaccessible for several weeks. Once the water receded several feet, I was able to wade out into the surrounding field to take this picture of the tree reflected in the floodwaters. I used a 15-stop NiSi neutral density filter to slow down the incoming light to achieve the wispy cloud effect and to smooth out the rippling water. You can subscribe to the Missouri Life Magazine print edition at this link: https://missourilife.com/subscribe/.

The photograph was taken with a Sony ILCE-7RM3 camera with a Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens and a 15-stop NiSi neutral density filter at ƒ/8.0 with a 134-second exposure at ISO 100. The processing was done with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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