Yesterday I had my first experience shooting long exposure with my Lee Big Stopper filter. Made all kinds of mistakes and forgot some stuff but some helpful advice put me back on track to try again today.
High tide was around 10.30am so headed out around 11am to Shag Rock, an iconic pile of rocks by the entrance to the Estuary. There are blurry people shots on the right that I haven’t bothered removing in PS so you can see what they look like, I think it would be fairly easy to tidy them up tho.
Experimented with different exposure times, and I also used Bulb Mode this time. Neat trick with the 7D mk ii is that the Bulb Mode now has a timer, so you set the timer for how long you want and then press the shutter. NO NEED TO HOLD IT DOWN OR HAVE A REMOTE!!!
I knew the camera could do it but forgot yesterday what the function was that did it LOL – thanks to nzsnapper for the reminder.
There were a lot of people at Shag Rock when I turned up but no one just on the other side of the steps where this jetty was
Spent time playing with different exposure times – 15 -20 seconds seemed to be the best option, more than that and the highlights in the sky and on the water were blown out – yay for blinkies!
All the different colours in the above image were distracting, so I did a BW conversion in Nik Silver Efex
This is a much darker process than I usually do, but to me it worked better and I really liked how you still see the details of the rocks under the water close to the jetty.
Wanted an angle that didn’t have all the distracting houses in the background, so put the tripod up high for this shot.
I like there is still texture and detail in the water and you can see the submerged rocks around the jetty. It looks like my filter does have a bit of a blue tint but changing the WB in LR to Cloudy seems to cancel it out fairly well.
All images shot with 7D mk ii, 17-55 IS lens and tripod with Big Stopper filter.
This time I had more fun experimenting because with the Bulb Mode feature I had more control and the location was more challenging.
Still plenty to learn so comments, tips, ideas and feedback all welcome!