It’s funny how sometimes your favorite photos can come from shots where the end result was never intended. While in Te Anau I was waiting for my dinner to be cooked so I went down to the lake with the camera and took a few photos of the shore line. The lighting was quite nice and there were some interesting clouds so I took a few shots at varied exposures. I started with a bracket of three shots to get the full dynamic range of the scene and then I put a 10 stop neutral density filter on to get a couple of 30s exposures to smooth out the water. When I got home from my trip I looked through the photos and couldn’t decide if I wanted a dreamy long exposure shot or a sharp short exposure. Then I thought, why not both? I started a manual blend of the shots combining elements off each. I’m really happy with the effect this created with silky smooth water and a transition between the dramatic clouds and smoothed out clouds. I guess you could think of it as blending time as well as light.