weekly photo challenge…’horizon’
I’ve been admiring some great water themed photography on numerous blogs of late, and particularly enjoying those using long exposures. I love the glass-like stillness of the water when it’s shot this way, clearly reflecting the colours in the sky. I decided to try to incorporate this technique when taking ‘horizon’ shots after work today…knowing that I would only have around 30-40 mins before the sun bid its farewell, so no pressure! I was happy to discover a low tide (I hadn’t checked of course) and so planted myself in a good vantage point where evening strollers could peek at the back of my camera and silently (or not) rate my efforts, but not get in the way of business. I didn’t realize at the time, but when reviewing the fruits of my labour on arriving home, I found it interesting how dramatically the colours changed over a very short timeframe.
It should be known that I don’t yet have a fancy grad filter (although I’m hoping that perhaps Santa will see fit to bring me one this holiday season!) to enable an efficient long exposure. So I opted for the next best thing in my kit – a polarizing filter. I think I did pretty well for a first attempt, although if the water had been choppier I can imagine the results would have been more dramatic. I’ll give it another try sometime soon. I also experimented with some camera movement during exposure (hand-held) and again am pleased with results.
I don’t have a spirit level, nor do I have the inclination for this level of fiddling – so instead I chose to press the easy button and straighten horizon lines (all of them to some degree!) in Lightroom.