All posts tagged “long exposure

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Alaska Basin Sunset

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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The Alaska Basin is a beautiful sub-alpine meadow in the Teton Range in Wyoming, USA. Sitting at an altitude of around 9,600 feet, it’s an 8-mile hike with 2,500 feet of vertical gain from the nearest trailhead to even get here. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take this photo — with stunning sunset light striking the peaks above the basin — as the night before we arrived, there was thick cloud, freezing temperatures, snow, hail and sleet all night long!

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Mount Adams

Mount Adams

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 30 seconds
Exposure Bias: +1 EV
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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A beautiful dusk view of Mount Adams taken from Tahklahk Lake in Washington state. My trusty 6x neutral density filter allowed me to extend the exposure out to a full 30 seconds for some lovely, rich colours and a beautiful reflection.

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St. Johns Bridge

St Johns Bridge II

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/14
Focal Length: 40mm
ISO Speed: 100

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A combination of a perfect gradient sky and some lovely light trails from traffic on the extremely photogenic) bridge through the 30-second exposure make this one of my favourite photos ever.

The shot was made possible by the use of a 6x neutral density filter, which allowed me to extend the exposure time, even in pretty decent evening light. The 30 second time is what allows the light trails to build up so nicely, although there were a lot of discarded shots where the trails weren’t anywhere near as nice – orange turn indicator lights blink on and off, creating a dotted line, rather than the smooth, flowing lights in this shot.

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Lights on Mount Hood

Lights on Mount Hood

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 784 seconds
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 400

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13-minute exposure of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake, taken at around 3am. Originally, the exposure was meant to be much longer, but a huge bank of fog rolled in from the left and completely obscured the view.

What I find most interesting is the number of lights on the mountain itself. The huge cluster of bright lights at the treeline are Timberline Lodge, and it looks like the headlights of a snowcat just above that, descending down from the upper ski area. However, the rest of the little white light trails can only be riders coming down (at three in the morning!), or climbers heading up to the summit to be there for sunrise.

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Fremont Bridge at Night

Fremont Bridge at Night

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 60 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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Portland has no shortage of fantastic bridges to take photos of, from the industrial (and unique) Steel Bridge, to this one: the graceful arch of the Fremont Bridge soaring high above the Willamette River.

For this photo, I used the “bulb” exposure setting on my camera and simply tried to get the longest exposure I could in order to smooth out the water as much as possible. Trial and error played a big part — hooray for digital photography — until I came up with the settings used here: a full minute of exposure at f/16. The different temperatures of the various light sources (including a pretty bright reflected street light glow off the clouds) certainly makes for an interesting image!

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Palouse Falls Moon

Palouse Falls Moon

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 15 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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This stunning waterfall lies within the beautiful Palouse region of southeastern Washington, some five hours by car from where I live in Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, the State Park that surrounds the falls has a small campground, which allowed me to stay overnight and really explore the area photographically. I could shoot well into the evening (long after most visitors had left), as well as very early the next morning. Remember, light is almost always far more interesting early or late – it’s softer and more filtered, and the low shadows make for more interesting shapes within the composition as well.

This shot was taken at around 8:30pm, and the sky was almost completely dark at that stage. A steady tripod (it was a little breezy that evening!) and a 15 second exposure teased just enough light out of the scene to make this lovely image, with an almost full moon rising behind the waterfall as it plunges 180 feet to the pool below.

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Pier, North Topsail Beach

Pier, Topsail Beach

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 10 seconds
Aperture: f/22
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100
Other: Exposure Bias +1.33 EV

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The old SeaView Pier in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina is extremely photogenic, and photography businesses do a roaring trade in the summer months by taking family portraits underneath it. The good photographers do it right, and time their sessions for the hour or so before sunset, when the light is at its absolute filtered best.

This photo was taken in a quiet minute when the pier was actually empty, and uses the beautiful low light and my trusty neutral density filter to great effect. The exposure time of 10 seconds has a fantastic softening effect on the crashing waves, and also allows the colours captured to become more saturated and rich.

A final word of advice: when shooting on the beach, make sure your tripod is firmly positioned in the sand to prevent any chance of movement throughout a long exposure.

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Fog, St. Johns Bridge

St Johns Fog

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 2.5 seconds
Aperture: f/25
Focal Length: 44mm
ISO Speed: 100
Other: Exposure Bias +1EV

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The beautifully Gothic St. Johns Bridge in Portland has always been a photographic magnet for me, particularly from this viewpoint at the eastern end. This photo was taken on a bitterly cold, foggy morning in January 2013: the sun was trying its hardest to break through, which made for some lovely, subtle lighting.

My 6x ND filter allowed me to extend the exposure time and blur out the cars crossing the bridge, which always adds an extra ethereal quality to a photo. I also added an extra stop of exposure to compensate for the dark filter, which you often have to do in low light situations or the filter will give you underexposed shots.