Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Getting ready for the holidays I want to take a minute to wish everyone good health and peace for the upcoming year. I don’t have many holiday photos except for this windmill in Water Mill. Water Mill on the south fork of Long Island is the only hamlet in New York State with both a windmill and a water powered gristmill.
Recently a friend asked how do you get the sensation of motion in photos with water. It is very simple a long exposure, but what is long enough? It depends on the situation. Below are three photos that use long exposures to get the feeling of motion. All use shutter speeds over a second. Matter of fact I tend to use long exposures in most of my landscape photos. One reason is stopping down to small f-stops to get the depth of field needed. The second is the older photos are taken with a 4X5 camera which eats up light due to the small f-stops. Most view camera lens are f 9.0 at wide open. Let’s get to the photos.
The first photo was inspired by my good friend Chris Foster a very accomplished photographer. Chris photographs real estate for Real Estate agents in the Hamptons. He has been in some of the most expensive and exclusive homes in the country. We were climbing around the rocks at Montauk the sun was setting, and we were looking to get that last photo of the day. The photo was taken with a Nikon DSLR and a 70mm lens. The exposure was 2.5 seconds. Not having my tripod with me I got down on the rocks rested the camera on a boulder, and held it as still as I could.
The second photo was taken upstate New York in the Catskills with a 4X5 view camera. I was hiking around the area looking for some water falls and lakes. Unfortunately the waterfalls were not interesting, however I came across this stream and grabbed this photo. The lens was a 210mm lens and the exposure was up around 10 seconds. The woods were dark due to the foliage on the trees, and there wasn’t much contrast in the scene. The film was pushed processed to add contrast, and as you can see there was some light flare even with a lens shade.
The last photo was a very long exposure taken with a 4X5 camera with a pin hole lens. Pin hole cameras were invented by Leonardo Da Vinci. He invented the camera obscura and used it to view scenes for paintings. The lens is a piece of metal with a small hole made by a pin. I found a company that made laser cut pin holes for measuring the viscosity of fluids. The advantage is a very sharp image, and the f stop can be calculated. In this case the f stop is around 256. Due to the extremely small f stop it is almost impossible to crop the image in the camera, because the image is too dark. The method is aim, shoot,and hope for the best. The following photo had an exposure of around 45 seconds to 1 minute. Taken along the shore line the constantly moving surf created a cloud or fog like sensation.
As the three examples show the longer the exposure the more wispy and less water like the image looks. It is always best to experiment with the exposure to get the look you want. Using neutral density filters can help get your shutter speed slow and long enough for the effect your looking for.
In October we went to Newport for a little fun for a few days. While exploring the coast we came across Castle Hill Lighthouse. The lighthouse is on the beautiful grounds of the Castle Hill Inn. While at the lighthouse I took a few photos with a DSLR and an I-Phone. I used the new pano feature of the phone’s software to get the results shown. I put a photo of the light with the DSLR as a comparison. The phone does a pretty good job, but doesn’t have the detail and losses the highlights some. It was a gray day, but I was able to use Photoshop to make the day look brighter. Still the phone photo is a pretty good quality.
Montauk Point is one of those magical places for me. I return several times a year with a camera and photograph the lighthouse and local beaches. I never tire of the place. The Point or “The End” as locals call it, is also the surf fishing capital of the world. I rarely take photos of fisherman I would rather have a fishing rod in my hand. On this last trip with a camera a group of surfcasters were under the lighthouse and I captured this image. The light on the East end of the Long Island is special in the afternoon which makes this photo more interesting.
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