I wanted to capture the misty effect you can get with long exposures of several seconds or more with waves on the beach. When I took this shot it was still too bright for a long exposures. In order to get the longest shutter speed possible I set my ISO as low as possible (100), my aperture as small as possible (f/22), and added a neutral density filter to the front of my lens to cut the light even more. I further slowed my shutter by making sure I exposed for the sky and not the sea stack. I was able to get a 15 second exposure even shooting into the sunset.
|Sea Stack Sunset|
When I looked at the LCD display on the back of my camera I thought I had captured what I was after. The waves on the beach blurred into a smooth misty surface that reflected the colors of sunset. Good for me!
When I was working on this photo just now I realized my mistake, the results of which you can see in this close crop of the trees on top of the sea stack.
Lesson learned - make sure the camera is on a solid surface and is not going to move during the exposure. Beach sand and waves do not make a solid surface to shoot from.
I had fun trying the long exposures and will try again when I get a chance. I'm sure I'll learn another lesson in the process.