This is my first attempt at a long exposure with a 10-stop filter worth posting. I could have gotten luckier with the direction of cloud movement, but out of 20 or so shots taken over the course of 2 days this one has the best balance of color in the sky and water movement.
I’m happy with how the water and the foreground came out, but it appears that in order to capture more color in the clouds it is better to use some kind of reverse graduated filter to allow more light from the upper portion of the frame to get to the sensor.
For this shot I used 2 filters — 3-stop hard GND and 10-stop ND — the Big Stopper. Check out the EXIF information for other details. Especially pay attention to the exposure time.
Also it’s worth noting that when taking 3-5 minute exposures one does not have much time to experiment when the sun is setting. A lot of things have to fall into place for the perfect shot, which this one isn’t — right amount of waves, wind direction and clouds shapes among other things.
Dominican Republic. March 2012.
|Camera Model||Nikon D700|
|Focal Length||24 mm|
|Shutter Speed||180 sec.|
|Exposure Bias||0 step|