I took advantage of the mad rainfall we had today (it put a damper on my deck repair plans, so I might as well take photos!) I’ve been wanting to test my ND filter on some running water. By killing the ambient light with the ND sunglasses, I was able to take some really long exposures 8-13 seconds long at f/22. 😎 It’s a really artsy look and gives the water a surreal, ethereal look. So I toddled down to Workman’s dam (it’s really more of weir) with my trusty tripod in tow. I nearly sank my Sub-Compact, Fuel Efficient, Off-Roading Toyota Echo in the rhubarb though. The road in was pretty wet and nasty. Fortunately for me, a family was fishing nearby so I knew that if I got stuck on the way out, someone would be there to gimme a tow. hehhehhe… 😉 Anyways, I really enjoyed the end results tonight with the long exposure water shots and I’ve been wanting to try this aspect of photography for literally years. Hopefully this summer in our travels I’ll get to try it on some waterfalls. 😀
Wow! What a crazy night. At about 11PM I decided it would be cool to venture out into the intense fog that had saturated the valley. Grabbed my camera, cable release and tripod and away I went. It was thick, barely could see past the car hood. I knew there would be some sweet sassy photos down by the river as the folks in beaver park had some yard lights that could work to back light some trees and then use the moon light as ambient fill. It was long exposures 30″ or more at tiny f/22 apertures. And while those 30 seconds tick by, all you hear is leaves crackling around you. What’s out there in the foggy darkness?!!?! 😯 Turns out it was deer. Whitetails were surrounding me all round which was very spooky! I finally scared them away and went back to the car. It was so calm too. Geese flying over head sounded like a roaring crowd of 30,000 people. Then a great horned owl flew overhead of me while I was doing the bridge exposure. I could have had a silhouette shot of the owl in front of the moon if I had another camera with me! That would have been cool. 8) Oh well, I was mid a 3 minute exposure so I didn’t want to goof it up. And I’m glad I didn’t.
More photo geek tips: When shooting at night, lock your white balance into tungsten. It makes everything have a really cool blue look, especially when you have fog. White fog is rather boring, but blue or pink looks ethereal. 🙂