Patea Long Exposure Photos

These photos are all shot with my Canon 7D, 10-22mm lens using B+W ND10 filter, iso 100 f/22 with 120 second exposure, converted to black & white using Nik Software SilverEFX Pro2

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That shot of the old wharf was a little tricky to do as the tide was coming in & the waves were fair crashing around the old pillars… Doing long exposures requires a remote cable release and a very solid tripod, but to get close enough to those pillars I had to actually be in the water which isn’t such a good place for a tripod, so I set up on this rock & was ready to grab the camera if a big wave came…. Here’s the setup:

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And here are a few long exposures in colour, some of the same old wharf at other times plus one of the breakwater at sunset

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This next shot was taken up the coast a bit, at Waverly – the tide was right in & the waves were really seriously pounding those rock outcrops, which is why with a long exposure all that variation in white waves becomes this ghostly averaging of the constantly changing image, but fascinating to see the shadow also averaged on to that turbulent sea…

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After I finished shooting here I went back to the car & got my mics & recorded 20 minutes of the most powerful surf I’ve ever recorded. I was in a safe position, high enough up that no waves could actually reach me, but being so close to something so powerful left me almost shaking!

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Back at Patea I did some experiments shooting long exposure timelapse – I have’t assembled them into anything worth posting yet but the results are interesting & very dreamy. Timelapse takes a long time anyway but long exposure timelapse even mroe so; if each shot takes even say 30 seconds, that means you can only shoot 2 frame a minute, 120 frames an hour which at 24 fps playback equates to just 5 seconds of footage… So a 30 second timelapse shot would take 6 hours to shoot…. Better bring a chair next time!

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