Monday, November 25, 2013

long-exposure photography // torquay surf beach


I have been meaning to try long-exposure photography for a while now, but somehow never got around it. Mostly I was missing the right filters to play around with during daylight!

While being in Germany I purchased my first Neutral Density (ND) filter, which allows you to lower your shutter speed even at a sunny day to e.g. 10 seconds. That means that capturing blurry water, clouds during daytime becomes possible. A ND filter is basically a really dark filter that you attach to your lense - and which makes it almost impossible to take a picture by looking through the viewfinder (as all you will see is darkness). Also, the long exposure naturally demands the use of a tripod.

A couple of weeks ago I brought both filter and my tripod along to a trip down to Torquay surf beach and had a first try. After setting up the camera on the tripod, checking the beach for interesting shots and I started - only to be quite irritated not soon after. Most of the shots I took were blurry, despite the tripod and a wireless remote. I had turned to Manual mode using the manual focus of the lense as I was trying to get the focus right using the LCD screen. I am not really satisfied with how the shots turned out... Next time I will try to lock the auto focus and only attach the ND filter afterwards.

Learning by doing I guess! :)

Have you ever tried long-exposure photogprahy?
Any tips you can pass along to me?  Thanks and have a lovely week!


 

27 comments:

  1. Oooh, soft creamy goodness. Love the second to last shot in particular. I've never played around with an ND filter myself, but I know Ed Graham has a lot of killer tutorials on his site. x

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  2. Gorgeous photos despite the trial and error involved!

    I had no idea such a filter existed! You have successfully stirred interest in me getting one and trying it out as well, I've been wanting to find a way to jazz-up beach photos!

    jamiepilgrim.com

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  3. Ich finde Deine Bilder auch schon sehr toll! Leider habe ich keine Tipps, denn mein Filder liegt auch erst seit wenigen Monaten herum und ich bin einfach noch nicht dazu gekommen, zu üben.
    Aber ja, kommt Zeit... :)
    LG /inka

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  4. Hi,

    ich finde die Bilder sind klasse geworden. Ich hatte mir eigentlich für die Azoren auch schon einen Graufilter zugelegt, aber irgendwie fehlte doch immer die Zeit.
    Aber irgendwann will ich mich auch mal daran versuchen :-)

    LG
    Manuela

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  5. that second last one is so good!

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  6. i love how the water looks, that is so awesome. i just had to play around with the long exposure, and i think you learn more and more with every click!

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  7. awesome photos!!!


    http://setiyeti.blogspot.com/

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  8. I think your shots are absolutely lovely. And I love your explanation of filters and long exposure. Quite helpful and interesting.

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  9. I love these shots! The atmosphere - lonely, but beautiful - is incredible. Wow!

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  10. The photos look awesome! Great location as well!

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  11. These photographs are so beautiful and make me feel "homesick" for Australia. You brought me right back to our road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide. Oh, those good ol' days!!

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  12. i haven't but these are pretty damn cool!

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  13. Wirklich tolle Fotos!! Aber ich bin ja so ein Technik-Honk und schieße immer nur drauf los. Daher keine Ahnung von Filtern und Co. GlG, Nadine

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  14. I’m glad to read you again. Thanks for this shoot, nice place. Awesome!! Best for you Buddy! and Merry Christmas

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  15. Ah holy cow! I'd never heard about an ND filter until now but you really did a great job of breaking it down. I need to add this to the wishilist

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  16. Weier so :). HAPPY NEW YEAR! Auf ein spannendes und schönes 2014.

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  17. Wow the photos turned out beautiful!! I would love to experiment with ND filters too.

    www.steffystravelblog.blogspot.com

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  18. Naja, vereinzelt hab ich es hier und da ausprobiert - aber weniger so wie du es getan hast & mehr mit den typischen Dingen; Lightpainting & ähnliches. Aber so in der Natur will ich das auch uuunbedingt noch ausprobieren, und der Filter klingt klasse! Und ganz ehrlich? Mir gefallen die Fotos super gut. Mal was komplett neues :)

    Noch was - dein Blog lädt mich gerade allein anhand deiner kurzen Beschreibung in der Sidebar rechts zum weiterschauen ein.. Wie spannend klingt denn bitte dein Leben? Neid! Absoluter Neid! Sehe mich direkt weiter um, scheint äußerst viel entdecken zu geben :)

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  19. Wow, wenn dass deine ersten Versuche sind. *__* Ich hab es auch schon mit ND-Filtern versuch und kann die Schuld jetzt auch auf die Qualität schieben (es sind billige Kunststoff-Filter aus China), aber bei mir hat es nicht annähernd so gut geklappt. Ich glaube aber, dass ich einfach noch viel mehr üben muss. ;D
    Liebe Grüße und mach unbedingt weiter!
    Christina

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  20. you should do a how to- i can't seem to nail long-exposure photography in the daylight! this is SO awesome. i love the seaside.

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  21. This pictures are very wonderfully shot and glad that you shared it with us..

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  22. Hach ja. Auch eine Technik, die ich gerne mal lernen/meistern würde. :-)
    Die ersten ND Filter sind schon länger daheim, die Ergebnisse aber eher bescheiden. Ich glaube, dass ist wirklich etwas, dass man einfach öfters üben muss. Am besten organisierst du dir eine ND-Filter-App, die berechnet dir dann immer die genauen Zeiten, die du dann brauchst. Und ja... erst alles einstellen - Filter drauf - neue Zeiten einstellen und Fotos machen. :D
    Liebe Grüße
    Christina

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