Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Long Exposure at Merewether.


On this particular day the weather up and down the coast of NSW was a little unsettled.  Overcast, windy, occasional storms & rain.  As I contemplated the outside, uninviting world from the inside of my dry house & comfortable lounge, I realised that I could be making the most of the bad weather.

I knew there would be some lovely sea swell along the beach as a result of Mother Natures' bad mood, so I chose a spot with wonderful looking rocks where I could set up for a series of long exposure shots.

It wasn't raining when I arrived at Merewether but it was still overcast and a little windy.  The sea swell had died down a little but was still significant enough to provide some lovely movement for some long exposure shots.  The low cloud base looked awesome too!

For these shots I stacked 2 x ND8 filters.  1 screw in and 1 Cokin.  The sea spray made it a little difficult, having to clean the Cokin filter after every 2 or 3 shots but, it was worth the effort!  Every time I get some long exposure photos done, it reminds me that I have to have my camera serviced and the processor cleaned.  The majority of the time it is fine but a dirty processor shows up everything on a long exposure shot.  Spot Removal tool to the rescue!

I'm getting pretty accurate at estimating exposure time in Bulb mode too.  It always hurts my brain at first to work out the settings but after a few shots it all comes back to me!


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A four second exposure really highlights the water rushing through the starting blocks here
at the Baths.

Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

I love the misty, eerie feel that a long exposure gives to crashing waves and running water,
especially when the rocks are in sharp focus!

Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

These mossy rocks look great against the softness of the long exposure!
Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

The long exposure catches the patterns in the water as it streams through a break in the rock.
Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Look at the deep chasms cut into the solid rock by the constant ebb and flow of water over
the eons!

Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.