Australian seascape and landscape photography

ND400 Long Exposures at Safety Beach (Bracketing and tonemapping long exposures)

Following is a series of bracketed and tone-mapped long exposure images from Safety Beach, Victoria, Australia.
All were shot in the late afternoon using ND400 and ND8 filters combined to achieve the desired long exposure times.

Below – “Safety Beach Jetty
Safety Beach Jetty - Jim Worrall - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - beach

Here’s how I do my bracketed images – Many of my waterscapes are long exposure tonemapped images generated from 3 exposures at 0,-2 and +2 EV. In order to achieve these 3 exposures I set my camera to aperture priority mode, enable auto bracketing and set the ISO as low as it will go. I then tinker with the aperture value, iso value and either add or remove ND filters in order to force the camera to achieve a shutter speed of 8 seconds for the first exposure (0 EV). Now when the shutter button is activated the camera gives me 3 exposures at 8 seconds, 2 seconds and 30 seconds (which corresponds to approximately 0,-2 and +2 EV)

When these 3 exposures are blended together (tonemapped) in an HDR program the resulting image contains the misty silky effects from the 8 and 30 second exposures and also contains some details from the slower 2 second exposure. When shooting REALLY fast moving water I usually aim for a faster initial exposure time of say 4 seconds. The camera then gives me 3 bracketed exposures at 4 seconds, 1 second and 16 seconds (0,-2 and +2 EV)

The aim is to catch some detail in the fastest exposure but also benefit from the misty effect of the longer exposures.

UPDATE – Oct 2012 – If you’re looking for an introductory guide on how to use the ND400 have a look at my other blog post here.

Below – “Seep” a stormwater drain at Safety Beach.
Yes, a drain can look beautiful. 🙂
Seep - Jim Worrall - Safety Beach - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - drain

Below – “Jettison” another stormwater drain at Safety Beach.
Jettison - Jim Worrall - Safety Beach - Port Phillip Bay - Australia - drain

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4 responses

  1. jeromaniac

    Very nice pics !!! This filter is so interesting !!!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:43 am

  2. Im lovin this filter..

    June 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  3. I usually stack it with my cheapo GND. One of the best filters I ever bought..

    June 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  4. I see you are a frequent user of ND filters. Very nice style, I like it.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

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