First Attempt at Long Exposure Photography
A co-worker pulled me into his office recently to show me a few images that he took using the long exposure technique. I have always loved the feel of the images that were shot using this technique but I have never attempted it. Last night after a break in the rain, I decided to give it a try.
I hopped over to a lake that is close by and as soon as I got of the car it started to drizzle again. Instead of taking the time to setup the tripod, I set my camera on a column on the pier and used the self timer to activate the shutter. Now long exposure images have the most impact when you combine both moving and still subjects. Unfortunately not much was moving around me besides the wind which caused a few ripples in the lake.
Of the 12 images I took, I have two that I thought came out okay. This photo was taken with the Canon 6D, Canon 24-105 L lens at an ISO of 200 using a shutter speed of 25 seconds. We are heading to NYC to do the whole tourist thing in a few days so I plan on picking up a neutral density filter this weekend to use on the trip. Since Washington DC is not too far away, I’m thinking about heading out there tonight. I’ll use this technique to see what I can come up with.