April Highlights

April – the fourth month of the year is now over and who would have guessed that I would still be taking photos and writing about it … I have now blogged for 120 days and I have discovered so much:

  • I like to photograph things I like – landscapes, nature, plants
  • I like to capture things that have meaning to me – my dinner, my knitting, my flowers…
  • I like to experiment and try new things
  • I like sunset photos and long exposures
  • I love talking to new mums and photographing babies… I am going to continue with this….
  • I love visiting properties and taken interior shots
  • I am amazed at how quickly seasons and children change… moments are captured and then disappear, I see so much now I think with my camera, and there is just not enough time to capture every moment.
  • I have no plan in the direction of this blog but I am influenced by the photos of others on the various facebook feeds and blogs I follow and they inspire me to keep capturing my year.

I would love to say thank you if you have signed up to follow my blog, it makes such a difference knowing someone is reading (although my spelling & grammar is awful), your comments & likes are appreciated and I hope you enjoy seeing how I develop. I feel I have already improved since January and I know now I want to continue creating pictures.

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Day 120 – Bluebells, Bluebells and Bluebells

I have been out on four separate occasions to capture bluebells and I have chosen a selection of my favorite images here. Trip 1 & 3 – 18-250mm lens, trip 2 I had my 17-70mm lens,  and trip 4 my 100 mm lens – the middle two trips were to Roydon Woods and the 1st & 4th  trip was to Great Newbridge Copse in Lymington.

Sorry for the long post but I struggled to choose my favorite images … as the bluebells offered such variety!

Trip 1 – my first trip to look to bluebells on the 23rd April, there was one or two out but I could not capture the feel that I wanted and a lot were still in bud… so I waited a few days and choose another spot to explore – these was at Great Newbridge Copse in Lymington.

18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 - Back focusing, I think I am beginning to understand and it does help. I think this photo is really calming!
18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 – Back focusing, I think I am beginning to understand and it does help. I think this photo is really calming!
18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 - Just one bluebell but you know there are more....
18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 – Just one bluebell but you know there are more….

Trip 2 – Roydon Woods near Brockenhurst with my 17-70mm lens … this was not the lens I would have taken … but I did not check my camera before leaving home – these were captured on the 25th April. I was not sure where to spot the bluebells, but I do remember visiting last year and soon remembered the way.  Time was rushed … as hubby and eldest teen were with me too!

18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 - Just one bluebell but you know there are more....
18-250mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 250 – Just one bluebell but you know there are more….
18-250mm lens, f8, 1/250 sec, ISO 250 - a bank of bluebells backing onto the woodland at Roydon Woods.
17-70mm lens, f8, 1/250 sec, ISO 250 – a bank of bluebells backing onto the woodland at Roydon Woods.
17-70mmmm lens, f6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 250 - A closer look at Bluebells
17-70mm lens, f6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 250 – A closer look at Bluebells

Trip 3 – A return visit to Roydon Woods with my 18-250mm lens, just the dogs and quite harsh sunlight which meant more contrast in between the sunlight and the shadows.

18-250 mm lens, f6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100 - Foreground interest to draw you into the wood.
18-250 mm lens, f6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100 – Foreground interest to draw you into the wood.
18-250 mm lens, f8, 1/125sec, ISO 125 - O love the bendy young tree for contrast against the blue bluebells.
18-250 mm lens, f8, 1/125sec, ISO 125 –  love the bendy young tree for contrast against the blue bluebells.
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/140 sec, ISO 160 - Illusions are everywhere - this was a narrow path barely wide enough for a rabbit and some very thin trees!
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/140 sec, ISO 160 – Illusions are everywhere – this was a narrow path barely wide enough for a rabbit and some very thin trees!
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/50 sec, ISO 100 - This marker was in the shade, but it lead you through the bluebell wood.
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/50 sec, ISO 100 – This marker was in the shade, but it lead you through the bluebell wood.
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/60 sec, ISO 200 - I loe the grassy path that you could walk down and explore.
18-250 mm lens, f13, 1/60 sec, ISO 200 – I love the grassy path that you could walk down and explore.
18-250 mm lens, f4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100 - I thought a lot about getting down low with the bluebells and choosing my focus
18-250 mm lens, f4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100 – I thought a lot about getting down low with the bluebells and choosing my focus
18-250 mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 500 - The sunlight sparkled in the background.
18-250 mm lens, f6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 500 – The sunlight sparkled in the background and caused lots of distraction.
18-250mm lens, f5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 - Bluebells in the shade and in the sun - the forest is magical.
18-250mm lens, f5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 – Bluebells in the shade and in the sun – the forest is magical.

Trip 4 – Back to Great Newbridge Copse in Lymington, a more cloudy day and as I had finally got round to looking at the other shoots I had a different idea … what if I tried to work with a fixed lens – would that work in the woods, would it control what I looked at, what I tried to capture and would the quality be the same?

100mm lens, f9, 1/320 sec, ISO 400 - getting down low, choosing a background to blur and you could be anywhere!
100mm lens, f9, 1/320 sec, ISO 400 – getting down low, choosing a background to blur and you could be anywhere .. but if you did not get low enough the shot did not feel quite right.
100mm lens, f6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 160 - this is a dark footpath behind a housing estate littered with rubbish yet with the bluebells it looks amazing!
100mm lens, f6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 160 – this is a dark footpath behind a housing estate littered with rubbish yet with the bluebells it looks amazing!
100mm lens, f6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 160 - I loved the contrast where different flowers grew together, a real sense of Spring.
100mm lens, f6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 160 – I loved the contrast where different flowers grew together, a real sense of Spring.
100mm lens, f5, 1/160 sec, ISO 250 - Trying to capture the essence of the bluebell wood and a sense of scale.
100mm lens, f5, 1/160 sec, ISO 250 – Trying to capture the essence of the bluebell wood and a sense of scale.
100mm lens, f10, 1/160 sec, ISO 500 - Capturing the scale of the wood was hard with the 100mm fixed lens, as the forest floor was clutter with sticks etc.
100mm lens, f10, 1/160 sec, ISO 500 – Capturing the scale of the wood was hard with the 100mm fixed lens, as the forest floor was clutter with sticks etc.
100mm lens, f8, 1/125 sec, ISO 200 - Back button focus with the intention of foreground blur.
100mm lens, f8, 1/125 sec, ISO 200 – Back button focus with the intention of foreground blur.
100mm lens, f3.5, 1/1250 sec, ISO 100 - the front of the sign in the Bluebell Wood
100mm lens, f3.5, 1/1250 sec, ISO 100 – the front of the sign in the Bluebell Wood
100mm lens, f7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 400 - the Signpost adds interest ... a great place to walk
100mm lens, f7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 400 – the Signpost adds interest … a great place to walk

The quality of the light was different on my fourth photo walk, but I did come to the conclusion that with any of the three lens I could capture Bluebells – it might be fun to try again with a wide angle lens … but the diversity of the woodland filled with bluebells is amazing… to just stand and enjoy the fragrant flowers, to hear the bird song and enjoy places that few people venture too… make it worth going out with your camera!

It is hard though to get the essence of the woodland, to avoid the clutter, the other woodland plants and debris when you just want the focus to be bluebells without isolating them from the background… and you never know I might share with you some more bluebells yet!

Have you got a bluebell wood near you?

100mm lens, f5, 1/160 sec, ISO 200 - Love the shallow depth of field and the colour from the cloudy sky
100mm lens, f5, 1/160 sec, ISO 200 – Love the shallow depth of field and the colour from the cloudy sky

Day 119 – Unhelpful Photo Buddies

I have been out on a few walks recently trying to capture Bluebells as they are just coming into flower in some pockets of the New Forest National Park, and I love them – rather than posting each time I photograph the bluebells my plan was to collect all the images together and choose a few of my favorite shots to share over a couple of days.

Most of the time when I am out taking photos and walking … I am taking my photo buddies along with me – Mack is a Golden Retriever, he is about 8 and belongs to my husband – he plods along slow and steady and Sparky (my Border Collie, 11 months old) is a bit of a wild card, full of energy and up to mischief and likes to try new things… Trying to get them to behave whilst I position my camera is never easy – if they are on the lead they tug, and ruin the shot by causing me to move the camera, they frighten away the wildlife and they just can’t help getting into shot.

Taking photos of bluebells was a real challenge – they liked the same spots I did, Mack liked to roll on the bluebells and flatten them … Sparky like to sneak into a picture unannounced just as a I pressed the shutter button.

So today’s photos that I am sharing are of my “unhelpful photo buddies”.

ISO 250, F8, 1/250 sec - 18-250mm lens, 63mm zoom -
ISO 250, F8, 1/250 sec – 18-250mm lens, 63mm zoom – “I am watching you”
ISO 250, F10, 1/100 sec - 18-250mm lens, 147mm zoom -
ISO 250, F10, 1/100 sec – 18-250mm lens, 147mm zoom – “I ‘ll rest here!”
ISO 400, F6.3, 1/400 sec - 17-70 mm lens, 70 mm zoom -
ISO 400, F6.3, 1/400 sec – 17-70 mm lens, 70 mm zoom – “I’ll just lie in the middle now!”
ISO 250 F8, 1/1600 sec - 17-70mm lens, 25mm zoom -
ISO 250 F8, 1/1600 sec – 17-70mm lens, 25mm zoom – “We will just sit in your shoot and wait till your done”
ISO 1600, F6.3, 1/320 sec - 18-250mm lens, 178mm zoom -
ISO 1600, F6.3, 1/320 sec – 18-250mm lens, 178mm zoom – “I think they are better over there”
ISO100, 100mm fixed lens, F3.2, 1/200 sec - I love how the flowers are in focus and then Sparky appears!
ISO100, 100mm fixed lens, F3.2, 1/200 sec – I love how the flowers are in focus and then Sparky appears!
ISO100, 100mm fixed lens, F8, 1/125sec - I got  down low to capture the dappled shade on the bank and Mack sat down in front of me!
ISO100, 100mm fixed lens, F8, 1/125sec – I got down low to capture the dappled shade on the bank and Mack sat down in front of me!
ISO160, 100mm fixed lens, F6.3, 1/40 sec - I shady path perfect to walk along... with the slow shutter speed Sparky is blurred slightly!
ISO160, 100mm fixed lens, F6.3, 1/40 sec – I shady path perfect to walk along… with the slow shutter speed Sparky is blurred slightly!

The plan is to show you some more bluebell photos tomorrow – I have to edit them first and I have downloaded Lightroom CC to experiment with for a month’s trial.

Day 118 – The New Beech Leaves

If you go down to the woods today … you get to see the sun back lighting the new beech leaves, you can see the vibrant colours of new growth against beautiful blue skies and contrasting tree trunks. It just makes you want to take out your camera and capture Spring.

I used aperture priority, sent the ISO to auto and let the camera decide what the shutter speed and ISO would do… and I used back button focusing… I have a video to watch on that now…. so more learning to do.

In this photo – I just loved how bright the leaves were compared to the truck behind, I choose a small aperture to try and capture some of the detail in the woods behind, but I think maybe a shallower depth of field would have worked better.

ISO 500, 31mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F22, 1/40 sec - Aperture priority
ISO 500, 31mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F22, 1/40 sec – Aperture priority

A woodland path in Spring to explore – I choose to capture this as the path leads you through the shot to the tree at the background, the green leaves look great against the blue sky and it just looks like a great place to explore!

ISO 100, 18mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F10, 1/50 sec - Aperture priority
ISO 100, 18mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F10, 1/50 sec – Aperture priority

I just loved how the sun lit the top of the leaves as I looked up from below. The higher leaves blend well into the background with this mid range depth of field – it is just a shame about the dark branches above.

ISO 125, 147mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F10, 1/200 sec - Aperture priority
ISO 125, 147mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F10, 1/200 sec – Aperture priority

Another sunlit group of Beach leaves, I like how you can see the delicate edge of the leaves almost a glow and the bokeh behind as you look up in the woodland to the blue sky above the canopy … which will no doubt disappear later in the season when the leaves have fully grown.

ISO 100, 147mm zoom 18-250 mm lens, F10, 1/200 sec - Aperture priority
ISO 100, 147mm zoom 18-250 mm lens, F10, 1/200 sec – Aperture priority

To shallow a depth of field on this shot below… I have focused on the leaves but not separated them enough from the path to make a great picture, but this is an example of how looking round can change your view, as this time I was looking behind me and down the hill. I am sharing this photo as one to learn from … one to think about – focusing in the right place with the right depth of field is essential to get great photos!

ISO 100, 18mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F6.3, 1/125 sec - Aperture priority
ISO 100, 18mm zoom 0n 18-250mm lens, F6.3, 1/125 sec – Aperture priority

Day 117 – Baby Ducks

Who can resist baby ducks. These are a great opportunity to practice fast shutter speeds too – #Remarkable2015 – as they are quickly darting back and forth across the water, not stopping for a moment and with no real sense of direction therefore anticipation…

I was hand holding my 150-500mm lens, and was struggling to capture the ducklings, focus on them accurately and allow room for them to move into it, so plenty of negative space- #DPNEGATIVESPACE – you can read an article about is here – to balance the picture and create a good composition… I got the negative space right, but I was not always focussed sharp enough! More practice needed!

Full steam ahead - ISO 400, F7.1, 1/1600 sec
Full steam ahead – ISO 400, F7.1, 1/1600 sec

Which one works better? The next two shots are the same – but one had been flipped horizontally in lightroom – the first is as I took in in camera with the duckings paddling quickly out of shot, the photo almost stops before it starts  … and the 2nd you see more of the water’s reflections somehow I think.

I need to have a look at my focusing options though … John who I follow on tumblr mentioned back button focusing the other day… so I  am going to see if it will help with situations like this. I also know a quality memory card is essential as that enables the camera to write too it more quickly – I picked up that tip last weekend on my Owl Experience Days.

Not enough space - ISO400, F6.3, 1/200 sec, focal length 500mm
Not enough space – ISO400, F6.3, 1/200 sec, focal length 500mm
Not enough space - ISO400, F6.3, 1/200 sec, focal length 500mm
Not enough space – ISO400, F6.3, 1/200 sec, focal length 500mm

The only way to increase the shutter speed at my furthest focal length and widest aperture (F6.3) is to increase the ISO … but I think focusing better is what is needed most in this shots … but the ducklings were tiny and fast!

A square crop - ISO400, F6.3, 1/1600 sec, F6.3, 500 mm zoom
A square crop – ISO400, F6.3, 1/1600 sec, F6.3, 500 mm zoom

My last duckling shot – a great composition normally involved order numbers and photographing is 3’s so they from a triangle… however sometimes it is great to just break the rules – I choose to grab a shot of 2 ducklings cause to me they are twins … as a mum to twins … two cute babies brings back memories of time that has gone too fast!

Twin ducklings - ISO400, F6.3, 1/1600 sec, 500 mm focal length.
Twin ducklings – ISO400, F6.3, 1/1600 sec, 500 mm focal length.

Day 116 – 10k Run.

Today I did my 2nd 10k of the year – this one in Southampton city centre, with a a unique ascent!

This is me and my running buddies near the start taken on my trusty iphone.
This is me and my running buddies near the start taken on my trusty iphone.

Towering over the River Itchen since 1977 is the Itchen Bridge, (pictured) spanning 870 yards (800 m), is 92 feet (28 m) at its highest point and weighs 62,000 tons – as a a real treat for the event the bridge will be closed and the 10km will take you over and back across the bridge between miles 4-5.

At the top of the bridge almost 100ft up, you get a stunning view of the entire city, (not that I really appreciated it) right up the river, across the commercial centre and then out to see towards the Isle of Wight. On the descent down from the bridge back into towards the city centre, you get a close up of the vast premier league stadium St Mary’s – home of the Saints football club.

This is a view I captured of the bridge the other day on my nifty 50 on the fifth floor of a neighboring building … the view was OK from there …

Southampton View - taken through glass. 50mm lens, ISO 800 F13, 1/640 sec
Southampton View – taken through glass. 50mm lens, ISO 800 F13, 1/640 sec

This run was one of my training runs for the Great South Run which I hope to complete later in the year – I am doing it to raise awareness for Kleine Levin Syndrome (KLS) – and hoping to collect sponsors. I did not do it in my fastest time – although my husband did – he got a fantastic new PB in less than an hour, I was happy with the result… and my lovely medal – I don’t run to get a PB… I run because I can 🙂

My 10k medal taken on my SLR with a lovely shallow depth of field.
My 10k medal taken on my SLR with a lovely shallow depth of field.

Day 115 – Fields of Yellow

I love fields of yellow … when you drive along through our wonderful countryside, fields of yellow make me smile. It is like a whole field of sunshine.The plant in question is the rapeseed and farmers cultivate it for its oil, and it’s also used to manufacture biodiesel, but did you know it is part of the cabbage family…

Anyway today I had the chance to pop into the field and capture my own field of yellow. I took a variety of shots, changing my angle, my aperture and my shutter speed to capture my own sunshine photos!

Below – F13, I wanted to capture the details of the field – but in reality you struggle to know what to look at… to me this is like a photo I would have taken a few years ago and been happy with it.

ISO100, F13, 1/250 sec
ISO100, F13, 1/250 sec

This is a similar image but with a shallower depth of field, and more in the shade them the above shot, the shadows are less harsh amongst the plant and your eye is drawn more to the details in the foreground.

ISO100, F6.3 1/250 sec
ISO100, F6.3 1/250 sec

Standing out from the crowd … delighted with this one, by changing angles and looking across the field rather than down onto it I was able to draw out the detail in the flowers and yet see the sea of yellow with the complimentary blue sky.

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec - focal length 120mm.
ISO 200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec – focal length 120mm.

I would never have thought to shoot upwards .. but today I did and the rapeseed looks stirking against the blue sky, composition was much harder though as I was trying to get the flowers pointing into the image and unwanted foilage caused shadows and blur where I did not want it and did not notice in the LCD screen.

ISO 200, F5, 1/4000 sec - focal length 63mm.
ISO 200, F5, 1/4000 sec – focal length 63mm.
ISO 200, F4.5, 1/3200 sec - focal length 24mm.
ISO 200, F4.5, 1/3200 sec – focal length 24mm.

I looked up, so I had to look down – amazing what a difference that made – a totally different feel to the photo! Could you have imagined that they created such different images?

ISO 250, F6.3, 1/250 sec - focal length 120mm.
ISO 250, F6.3, 1/250 sec – focal length 120mm.

I am still back button focusing – and I discovered something amazing today … I can focus on something, move the camera and create a completely abstract shot by taking the whole thing out of focus … I love it … a really impressionist feel that I want to look at to see what I can see.  A few years ago I would have thought it was out of focus, but now I am begining to get the concept that with my camera I can create an image, a feel, an impression!

ISO 200, F8, 1/1000 sec - focal length 95mm.
ISO 200, F8, 1/1000 sec – focal length 95mm.

I then tried selective focusing – I zoomed in onto the field and selected a plant to focus on – you can see it a third in and let the wide aperture blur the foreground and the background creating a layering effect. In the first photo I was kind of looking down onto the rapeseed and you can see lots of stalks….

ISO 100, F6.3, 1/800 sec - focal length 250mm.
ISO 100, F6.3, 1/800 sec – focal length 250mm.

Moving my feet … lowering my position and I got this shot – my favorite for today  – a field of yellow sunshine which draws you into the shot to see the band of flowers in focus and then to the blur beyond.

ISO 400, F8, 1/400 sec - focal length 250mm.
ISO 400, F8, 1/400 sec – focal length 250mm.

Who knew a field of rapeseed had so many photographic opportunities!

Day 114 – New born Baby Photos

Isn’t this the cutest little young man – he is only 11 days old and I got the opportunity to take some photos of him, there was lots to learn and it was a wonderful opportunity to capture some unique moments … but there was also so much to be aware of.

I started off by watching and reading some web sites as this was totally new for me:

    • Link 1, Link 2, Link 3
    • I discover babies look best in black and white as it tones down their skin and makes the images look timeless.
    • Shutter speed of 1/100 sec plus is essential .. on the shots I used a slower shutter speed I had movement – so having a higher ISO is more important. I also had image stabliser turned on!
    • Props are great – I took 2 baskets with me, and they both worked – mum loved it too.  I would love to try an old suitcase, or something … but the props need to be bigger too!
    • I used too much white/cream – a darker colour in the basket and on mum for feeding would have been better as less reflective on baby.
    • Babies sleep through anything once they have a full belly.
    • My childcare background really helps with confidence – I was happy to handle the new baby and mum was relaxed and happy that I did it … she thought he looked so cute. Going into mum’s personal space needs talking about first.
    • You had to go with the moment, i captured feeding, Dad holding the baby, and sleep time – and if the baby is not happy then a cuddle and a different shot … you need loads of time…
    • You need to move – similar shots from all different angles, zoom in and zoom out.
    • I want to capture more babies and I wish I had shots like these of mine, and the great news is this mum has an expectant sister… so I am hoping I get to have another go.
ISO 200, 1/30 sec, F6.3 - Dad holding baby
ISO 200, 1/30 sec, F6.3 – Dad holding baby
ISO 200, F6.3, 1/40 sec
ISO 200, F6.3, 1/40 sec
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec - low light, mum feeding baby
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec – low light, mum feeding baby
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec - In mum's arms
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec – In mum’s arms
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec - Low light - Looking up at mum
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec – Low light – Looking up at mum
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec - feeding time!
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec – feeding time!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/100 sec
ISO200, F5.6, 1/100 sec
ISO250, F5.6, 1/125 sec - in the garden
ISO250, F5.6, 1/125 sec – in the garden
ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f5.6
ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f5.6
ISO250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - in the basket
ISO250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – in the basket
IS0 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - lovely toes!
IS0 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – lovely toes!
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/80 sec - more toes...
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/80 sec – more toes…
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - a big strecth!
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – a big stretch!

The photos that I gave to the Mum and Dad can be seen here:

Day 113 – St Georges Day and Shutter Speeds

Happy St George’s day … St George is the patron saint of England and today I took my St George’s flag down to the beach and took some photos … my original idea was to capture the flag and to celebrate being British.

ISO250, F11, 1/320 sec - St George's Day Flag and my dogs!
ISO250, F11, 1/320 sec – St George’s Day Flag and my dogs!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec - St George's Day Flag
ISO200, F5.6, 1/2000 sec – St George’s Day Flag

However the sea caught my interest, and I ended up using my tripod and a neutral density filter to experiment with shutter speeds, to see what effect I could create with moving water, using back button focus here was great as by watching the waves I could anticipate where they were going to break and capture the shot more easily.

ISO200, F7.1, 1.2500 sec - the breaking waves
ISO200, F7.1, 1.2500 sec – the breaking waves

A high shutter speed 1/2500 sec caught the waves breaking on the rocks – timing was everything… so to get the shots that I wanted I used a high speed shutter.

ISO200, F7.1, 1/2500 sec
ISO200, F7.1, 1/2500 sec

Slowing down the shutter speed to 1/250 sec increased the aperture, increasing the depth of field, due to the bright sunlight and the speed of the water I was still able to capture detail on the waves.

ISO 200, F25, 1/250 sec
ISO 200, F25, 1/250 sec

Adding a neutral density filter, I had to manually guess the aperture to get the right exposure… here I choose a 0.4 sec exposure, and an aperture of F13 … you have enough depth of field to add some movement to the wave breaking in the background and some milky sea water in the foreground. The only thing is that my ND filter was a cheap one from ebay and it really does leave a colour cast … I need to think about setting a white balance reference point in future, or getting a better quality filter.

ISO 200, F13,  0.4 sec - ND filter
ISO 200, F13, 0.4 sec – ND filter

An increase to a 2 second shutter speed almost smooths out the sea completely, and the timing between the waves leaves the rocks covered in water.

ISO 200, F25m 2 sec - ND filter
ISO 200, F25, 2 sec – ND filter

Increasing the shutter speed to 4 secs and still shooting at F22, I was able to create a lovely milk sea with an almost eerie feel as the waves take on an almost ghostly feel – I took several shots to get the timing right and this is the one I preferred.

ISO 200, F25m 4 sec ND filter
ISO 200, F25,  4 sec ND filter

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