Playing with long exposure effects
You know that I said I would be working on my macro photography this year, but that will be another time. I’m all for joining the camera club events now when the days are longer and you have some nice light until quite late.
Last week we had another outing with the camera club, this time at a beach (same beach as in this post, but at the other end). Now, being at a beach when it gets dark doesn’t tickle my fancy too much, but the weather was fabulous and when I came to the beach around 6.30 pm it was still warm and nice, like summer, and it was very pleasant until maybe 9 pm when it became a bit too cold for my liking.
Pretty pink-sky sunsets? Not my cup of tea!
So before going any further, I need to say that I’m not that photographer who goes to the beach to chase the famous sunsets with pink & purple skies and that smooth soft water. Colourful sunsets are certainly beautiful and I like to see them now and then but I think it’s immensely boring when photos have no subject other than the colours in the sky.
Golden hour sunset type of photography is apparently the thing right now and there is an attitude that this is the “only way” you should photograph seascapes. What BS! As I’ve stated previously, variety is the spice of life, and if I see another Instagram gallery with ONLY pink and purple skies, I’m going to scream. You can take wonderful seascape photos at other times of the day, you just need to handle different types of light, and isn’t this the thing with photography, really? Learning to take whatever light you have and create something nice from it. Then, of course, people will have their favourite way of creating their photos, and some will prefer pink and purple rather than a blue sky with clouds. That is totally ok of course, but please stop saying it’s the ONLY way to do it!
When I went to the beach I had no plan, because I hadn’t been to that part of the beach before and didn’t know if there would be anything else than water, sand and the sky. I was happy to find rocks with different shapes, colours and textures, and had plenty of options. I really like the long shutter speeds when photographing water, but like with sunsets, this has also become a bit too hyped and some people seem to think it’s the only way of photographing water. The long exposure effect is pretty, but it’s also very nice to photograph a good water splash with faster shutter speeds, to capture the droplets and the action. I like both techniques, it depends on the occasion and the location.
Some of my favourite photos from the night were taken when the sun was still up.
When I first looked at these photographs, I wasn’t sure about how I liked the effects of exposures of less than 0,5 seconds, the contrast of the sharp rocks against the cloudy, floaty, dreamy-like water seemed so odd to me! But now I quite like them, and it was fun to try this kind of photography. My favourite shutter speed probably still is around 0,5 seconds, where you can see the movement in the water.
But having said that, this one is really cool:
And this is among my top favourites. It has such a soothing and peaceful feel to it:
That’s all from this photoshoot unless you wanted to see 10 more photos that look the same as those above! Have a good week and see you soon!