The good people in the FB group Long Exposure Photography have been very patient with me and offered some helpful advice on how to get started on some dreamy seascapes… I do a lot of long exposures indoors already but thought that I lacked the necessary gear to get started on seascapes.
The first piece of advice that I got was to go out early or late when light levels are low and to take some shots on a small aperture. This is at the moment in itself challenging due to the dust constellations on my sensor but let us gloss over that…
The wind has settled a little, enough I thought to go and give it a go. I set up by the side of the road at the end of the garden, in the middle of Sinclair’s rubbish tip, and pointed the camera into the bay. I wasted no time in framing the shot, I just wanted to see what would happen.
I used Manual exposure, but due to low light levels and my ancient eyes, I had trouble setting the focus even using Live View. Note to Self: next time, torch and/or the tablet as field monitor!
AV Priority, F22, ISO 50, allowing the camera to meter and set the time at 8 seconds.
That is as it came out of the camera, apart from removing all the dust spots. Clearly I could have given it a bit more welly if I had the camera on Manual and made it a little brighter. The sea is very calm in the bay and was just flat and ripply, but I can see some smoothing has occurred.
Now, if a little processing power is added, it becomes quite a striking shot
– sufficient at least to get me excited about this learning project.
As they say… “Watch this space.”
Another piece of advice that I received from the FB group was to try using welding glass as a cheap alternative to ND filters (see this blog post here). Mr L just happened to have a piece of the right density, which he has donated to my cause. He even provided the rubber bands.
I have also been furnished by the FB group with URLs for cheaper options on purchasing filters and holders. I am much cheered. Grateful to all who contributed to the thread.
I do hope that Rocket Blower arrives soon!
Oh, I didn’t like any of tonight’s DVD droplet images, so I am not sharing them.