There is always a first time.

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ƒ/3.5, 4s, 18mm, ISO100

There is so many photography techniques and tricks I still want to try. Nothing fancy most of the times. But new to me.
And then I go out and I stick to the things I know and forget about all the other things.

Long Exposure was on that list for a very... very long time! I read about it, looked at photographs, checked my camera settings and I finally did it!

long exp seixal bay 3.jpg
ƒ/5.6, 4s, 55mm, ISO125

I didn't plan it, but the weather was perfect. The early night, cloudy sky, calm water and all the lights reflecting. It all just screamed at me. I even took a different lens (Nikkor 18-55) with me for a walk.

I had no more excuses.
I had to do it!

long exp seixal bay 5.jpg
ƒ/5.6, 4s, 55mm, ISO125

There is probably a lot of things I should have done differently. But it was the very first time I tried long exposure and I am so freaking proud :D

long exp seixal bay 1.jpg
ƒ/3.5, 4s, 18mm, ISO100

I had no tripod with me so I had to use a little wall to keep my camera still. It did the job, though I didn't have much freedom to move it up or down.

Few failed shots and I think I got the settings that worked.

long exp seixal bay 7.jpg
ƒ/3.5, 4s, 18mm, ISO200

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ƒ/5.6, 4s, 55mm, ISO250

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ƒ/5.6, 4s, 55mm, ISO200

In a different direction there was a los less lights and the bay is much wider. I was trying to catch those few white boats there. As if they were trapped in the middle of the storm.

And the night was so nice and calm.

long exp seixal bay 8.jpg
ƒ/3.5, 3s, 18mm, ISO640

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Shot with Nikon D5500 + Nikkor 18-55mm lens
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Łaaaaadnie ☺
Dobry murek lepszy niż statyw ;)

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Na to wychodzi :)
Dziekuje!

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Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
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The second photo is my favorite 😊
Great you did this long exposure photo step, I love to see those colorful reflections on the surface of the water 👏

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I absolutely love seeing the reflections off the water and the mirror imaging of these lights.

Definitely agree with you!

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👍
Those lights like in mirror are cool!

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Absolutely and I really enjoy the exposure.

Some vibrant colors and textures in that wonderful picture that I really appreciate. Definitely one of my best views when I go to the Columbia River.

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Now that I look at it, if I had set the time even longer, the water would be completely smooth! That would be cool :D

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Really awesome photography and congratulations for diving in.

The difference between a master and a novice is a master will fail more times than the beginner wants to.

Excellent work and top notch content thank you very much for sharing and I really appreciate your content and I can't wait to see your further photography works!

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Thanks! It took me a while...
I am sure there is plenty things to fix and they could be better. Another time :D

Thank you :)

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Actually if you keep up that attitude you will end up learning so much as well as becoming a master yourself one day.

Do not be afraid of failing because you could learn something very important

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Congratulations on your first long exposure photos. This is something I will not try with my Samsung Galaxy A12, because this smartphone unfortunately does not support the manual adjustment of the shutter speed. Maybe I will try it one day with a different device.

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You should definitely try when you have a chance. It is so satisfying to see the results :)

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I think you may be a reflection hunter on top of this, is there anything you can't do? 😀

Your last photo is very interesting with a little splash of color on an otherwise dark background. A little mysterious looking to me and just the way I like it

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During the day, with all the boats and birds there could be some really cool reflections too. One day I will try that too :)

I can't ski :p

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Damn you and your technical mumbo jumbo... I just started trying to get better at pictures and here you go showing off again.

Still those are really cool, nice one!

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Oh I promise it will not happen too often :p
It was an accident.

Thank you! :)

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I'm sure it's gonna happen alot 🤣 I take pictures like politicians tell lies. With a huge amount of fear and by the thousands hoping one will work👍

Still that is an absolutely awesome set of shots. Well done

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Ah, look who's opening a new door of limitless opportunities :)

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Me me me! :D
The reverse lens thingie is still haunting me.

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LOL :) Long exposure gives indeed much more artistic opportunities...
Maybe long exposure macro is your thingy :P

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This is your FIRST time doing long-exposure photos??? Well, congratulations as the photos are great!

Somewhere close to the end of my wish list I have the same thing, to try long exposure photos... But firstly, I should start using my old digital camera instead phone :)


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Yea... I knew the theory, just didn't try it. There were some bad shots before I managed to get those. But it was a matter of setting the camera properly.

Try it! It is easier and more fun than I thought :)

Thanks a lot! :D

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There were some bad shots before I managed to get those.

That's normal... I usually pick 1 from 100 photos that I took... loool

!ENGAGE 10
!LUV

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I wanna join you and keep walking the shore while you freeze taking long exposure shots. I see myself pushing you in a friendly way when you are the most concentrated...just because I know how annoying it can be to hold a cam still without a tripod lol. 😂 I crack myself up. But hey, to be able to walk along the water at night and taking pics is what I wish for myself right now. Glad you have the space to do just that. 😊

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pushing you

Prepare for this look -----> 😒

Walking at night rocks! Please join me. We take booze.. nobody will see ;)

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😄 Why do I picture this being fun...telling you, one day we will have a drink together...or two...or three.... pls remove the cactis then lol.

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After three you will see no cacti no more! :D
They are all fuzzy little hamsters... come... come to momma and snuggle.

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Really?

Well ok then 😂

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Ohhhhh hamstersssss <3
Does that mean I already had 3 drinks?

Pfrrr who;s counting...
🍹🍹

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Just 2 😂

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Poor dude barely walks 😂

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Yah this kiddo cracked me up 😂 ...speaking of which, if I ever end up in your cacti...ummm house I picture us like this 😂

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Race drinking! I'm in :D

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Very nice first try... ! Great!
Once you tried the long exposure, you will find more and more situation where to use it.

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Thank you!
I know I wanna try some daytime beach shots too. Glad I finally did it :)

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Not bad for the first time. I don't want to sound "bossy" but I want to give you some tricks that could help in future longtime exposure photography projects, at least they helped me a lot.

  • Use a solid tripod
  • Set ISO to 100, you will get extra exposure with more time, and avoid ISO Noise
  • try to work with fore- and background (can really make a picture more interesting)
  • use a ND-Filter to prolong the time of exposure (good for light trails)
  • take pictures in the blue hour (time just before sunrise and after sunset, sometimes called twilight)

...... Of course there are many more, but fun is the most important part.

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Oh thank you! Appreciate it (not bossy at all!).

I have a tripod, but at that time didn't have it with me. I actually hardy ever take it with me.
And now that I look at my ISO, I see that it is higher than you say. Will keep that one in mind!
ND-Filter - will look that one up :)

Thanks a lot! :D

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Those are beautiful shots! I really like how the city lights cause the undersides of the clouds to glow.

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Thanks a lot! The light came out a lot better on photos :)

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