Long Exposures at the Newport Pier

I have always been intrigued by long exposure photography and the sense of motion that can be conveyed in a photograph. I have fond memories of sitting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art trying to capture the movement of the museum's patrons with my Sony Cybershot camera. Since the camera didn't have manual mode and I wasn't yet familiar with the effects of shutter speed on an image, I simply experimented by changing the settings I could control to create photographs that showed the movement of the people around me.

Fast forward a few years to 2008. Armed with my first DSLR and a better understanding of the use of shutter speed, I visited Newport Beach to capture some of my first long exposure photographs of the Newport Pier. Since that time, I've visited the Newport Pier many times and made many photographs of this fascinating structure. I'm not really sure what it is about this particular pier, but I never seem to grow tired of photographing it.

Having recently acquired some ND (neutral density) filters for the 35mm lens of my X-Pro1, I thought it was only fitting to head down to one of my favorite places to create some long exposure photographs of the Newport Pier. Luckily, the weather cooperated and provided a beautiful backdrop for creating some of my favorite long exposure photographs to date.