Long exposures can give some interesting and completely unexpected results.
On Saturday night I was on one of the beaches in Cloughglass and to be honest should probably have packed up and gone home instead of trying to take one more picture (final image count for the weekend was 290 pictures by the way).
By the time I took the following, it was well into dark and the nice red twilight was pretty much gone. In an effort to get some light into the camera, a 5 second shutter speed was required. The side effect of this was that the waves and the boat have a nice ethereal blur about them.
At least, I think so.
(f/14, 5secs, 22mm, ISO-100, 03/05/2008)
To my mind it gets even nicer when you see the resultant HDR – Yes I had auto exposure bracketing on and couldn’t help myself.
Oh, it’s been cropped a little as the horizon wasn’t in a great spot in the original.
I like the intensity of the colours more here. Yeah it’s probably lost some of its natural hues, but the sky and the colours just seem more…. well more.
I tried a third version of this. Just because I was messing and could.
This time I used the overexposed image in the exposure bracket and let the HDR software work from there. Just using a single image.
I’m not keen on the burned out white in the sky and if I didn’t have 300 images to play with I might spend a little time trying to clean it up. but I really do like the sand and the boat motion so thought I would share.