Of course as soon as my Lee Filters arrive we got hot sunny days with no clouds in the sky, and I particularly wanted to try and get the cool streaky cloud effect. Today was really hot, nearly 30 deg C and I went out for a bit and then came home and napped thru the hottest part of the day 🙂
I could see some clouds starting to layer the sky in the evening and decided to head down to the beach, as the tide was only an hour away from hitting High Tide so would be flowing in nicely.
Set my tripod up as low as I could get it with the central pole still vertical and got as close to the water as I felt safe. According to the card provided with the Big Stopper, around 10 second exposure should have been about right, but it looked dark on my camera, so I played around with longer options, up to 30 seconds. Need to figure out how to set up the camera for longer exposures, I know the 7D Mk ii can do that, its one of the reasons I got it!
Not a lot was done to these in post process, just a bit of tweaking the usual settings, exp, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks, clarity and vibrance, but only a little bit. The images are quite blue toned, and its not clear at this stage if there is a colour cast on my filter or just the fact it was bright blue sky and reflection onto the sea and sand.
It was a bit frustrating not being able to select exactly the number of seconds I wanted, rather than the options the camera gave me, but it was easy in manual mode to set the camera up without the filter, focus then switch to manual focus, put the filter on and then work my way through different exposure times.
Need to work on my manual focus technique a bit better too, hard to do when your tripod is setup really low on wet sand and your neck only bends so far LOL 🙂
Anyone with experience of this kind of long exposure shooting feel free to offer any hints and tips, all comments welcome 🙂