Tuesday’s tip: Long exposures.

Breaking wave, Giants causeway, Ireland.

Smooth reflections, Camargue France.

I am sure you will realise, if you have been following my blog for a while now that I am a fan of long exposure.  It gives water a smooth, beautifully soft,  dreamy look and it improves reflections.  I also love the way it can show the power and energy of water like the top shot of the Giants causeway.  You can use it to blur people, vehicles, anything really.    I recommend that you use a tripod to avoid camera shake.  Choose your time of day, early in the morning around dawn or late in the evening around dusk are good times when the light is low.  During the day you can use a neutral density filter, which cuts down on the amount of light that hits the sensor or film and allows you to open the shutter for longer.

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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17 Responses to Tuesday’s tip: Long exposures.

  1. maybrick2001 says:

    What make/model tripod do you use?

  2. niktasmits says:

    I should get over it and start to carry my tripod around a bit more :)

  3. On the causeway picture – I think I’d have loved to have seen a tiny boat on the horizon, just to drag the eye forward into the frame (a few fictitious pixels might do the trick – I know we don’t like doing that sort of thing but ….)
    On the Camargue picture – I think a slightly lower or higher shooting position would have brought the ends of the dead tree away from the horizon where they tend to interfere with it at the moment.
    I share your appreciation of the satin qualities we can achieve by long exposures on water.

  4. Tourism Oxford says:

    It looks cold.

  5. Beautiful! Guess I need to find my tripod.

  6. millar123 says:

    Need to work on my landscape photography, and this is a great way. Just been to Scotland and my shots, decidedly, lack punch. Much improvement neccesary. Anyway, how was the talk-thing you gave the other week?

    • It was good, went down really well. On the Aran Islands at the moment. Reconnaissance for a trip next month and research for an idea I have for next year. Absolutely stunning! Ivan highly recommend it.

      • millar123 says:

        ohh very nice!! Hope we can see some shots! Heading over to Dublin again in September, but with ryanair’s oh-so-helpful attitude, can only fit in my camera with my 50mm, so shall be an interesting time! :D

  7. MikeP says:

    Love long exposures…. not as easy as people think. You still need an exciting comp like yours.

  8. The Aran Islands is somewhere I really want to go and thanks very useful tips

  9. joseyjo says:

    Beautiful photos :)

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