My trip to Pines Beach yesterday was in the middle of the afternoon, the light was very average, certainly not what would normally be termed good light for photography. The golden hour is traditionally held to be the best time to take landscapes. Of course that is only true if you intend to make classical landscape images. My intention however was to get some long exposure black and white seascapes. I took a few standard images just for curiosity and to see what the exposure was like.
1/400s @ f/8 ISO 100 50mm
and perhaps something more in the format I intended for my finished images.
1/60s @ f/11 ISO 50 112mm
I would describe these as fairly literal seascape/landscape images, perfectly okay technically given the available light but not really very interesting.
Things start to get more interesting with a longer exposure, the movement of the water is captured, making the image more dynamic and interesting, this for example has just a bit of movement in the water.
2.5s @ f/8 ISO 100 50mm
Once the exposure gets even longer things become much less literal and more abstract, something I often like to do with seascapes.
30s @ f/10 ISO 100 122mm
30s @ f/10 ISO 100 155mm
I will have some more images tomorrow, and some thoughts on B&W versus colour.
I was out taking a few photographs this afternoon, just for some fresh air. I wandered down to Pines Beach and spent a while trying different things, mainly with longer exposures. I haven’t had time to work through the results properly yet but did play with one image, giving a polaroid look.
Still playing with different processing techniques for portraits, these are three very different looks from my shoot with Melody last Thursday, quite a mixture I think, even without going to composites or monochrome.
I am working through my model shoots from last week, some for my lovely models and some for my composites. This one I thought was a bit Hollywood glamour style, even with the softbox in the background.
Model:Kimmy Smith, Hair and Makeup: Olympia Geary
I have almost finished going through the interiors I shot at Godley Head, all HDR and ready for more playing later. These were processed with Photomatix rather than HDR Efex Pro, just for a change.
Another attempt at mixing my images into composites, the lighting more or less works I think.
I started having a play with mixing my Godley Head images with some model shots I took during the week, fun but time consuming. I still have a lot to learn, a big thank you to my lovely patient models.
Model: Kimmy Smith, Makeup and Dress: Olympia Geary
Model and Makeup: Melody Owen Jones