Last week I posted a couple of photos from a walk along Kingsdown Beach. I was testing a new lens and trying to learn a few techniques.
One technique was a long exposure using a 10 stop filter, I placed my camera on my small tripod and rested that on a post, trying to remember what I had watched on youtube I went through the steps, compose shot, change to 2 second delay to avoid camera shake, focus, take photo, check settings, input settings into app on iPhone, click to manual focus to lock in focus, try not to touch focus ring or move camera at all, screw on 10 stop filter, change from Aperture priority to manual mode,(this I forgot to do) input new settings from app, take photo again.
This was the result.
A few things learnt. 1 Give up photography. 2 Wait until high tide. 3 Wait for a more dramatic day, e.g. more movement in the sky and sea. 4 Check focus better, (I was way off). This was the best of a bunch, a lot more work needs to be done.
This was another shot taken, a normal exposure, better, more in focus.
While editing I changing one to black & white. It didn’t help.
While all this was going on the wife sat patiently on some steps watching me battle with filters and cold hands, iPhone and apps, backpack and not enough pockets, finally I had done enough damage to the world of photography and walked up to where she was sitting, I gave her the camera while I sorted out putting filters, tripod and other bits into my backpack, I heard the camera fire a few times while I was doing this, didn’t think much of it until we got back to the house and I transferred the images on to my MacBook, during the keeping and deleting stage (mostly deleting) I came across a photo, this one, the best one of the day, and I didn’t take it.