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Spoon Bay Sunrise - Focus Meet

Spoon Bay Sunrise

I had a great morning with the Focus group today at Spoon Bay hosted by Wayne Gibson. As you can see we had some great light and great location. This was a new location for me and one i'll be visiting again.

Rocks @ Spoon Bay - Central Coast NSW Australia.

I thought I might share some settings and processing I did in order to capture this seascape. I don't normally do this as I think you need to do what you need to do in order to present the images for viewing. In camera and post. I do realise though that there are new photographers out there who want to know what others are doing.

Camera Settings:

  • Canon 6D
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/3 Sec. 
  • Lee Filter 3 stop Hard Graduated Neutral Density

Post Processing:

In Adobe Camera Raw I did basic fixes like. Lens Correction, Straightening the horizon, White Balance & Auto Levels as you can see below. Remember a Raw file has all of the Camera's processing settings removed and then you have to add (to your liking) the settings back including sharpening

Camera Raw 8.7.1  -  Canon EOS 6D.png

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Layers Panel:

Besides the processing I did in the below Panel I removed a ship on the horizon and some bird droppings from the rock as I thought they were distracting to the view.

I also ran a sharpening script from Tony Kuyper.

Photoshop Layers Panel

Location: Spoon Bay, Australia.


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What's needed for a Long Exposure photo

What's needed for a Long Exposure photo and How to Calculate.

My Setup for really Long Exposures (minutes).


Tripod (sturdy)

Cable release

Mirror Lockup or Live View to prevent Mirror slap which causes slight vibrations

Shoot in RAW (to correct any colour cast from filter in post + other corrections)

Camera with Bulb setting (Digital or Film)

With Film, watch out for Reciprocity failure  Wiki

Setup camera to measure in 1/2 stop increments instead of 1/3 stop (easier to calculate)

10 stop ND filter. Plus others if needed.

Composition (can't stress this enough)

If using Auto Focus don't forget to turn it off otherwise the lens will seek if using a 10 stop ND filter and you'll have to take it off and focus again.

Measure Shutter Speed with Aperture Value set at f/16 first before ND is positioned.

What ever the shutter speed count back 10 stops of light hoping for 1/15 or lower but no longer than 1 second (too long for me) 

eg 1/15 - 10 stops would be 1 minute

       1/8 -  10 stops would be 2 minutes

       1/4 -  10 stops would be 4 minutes

       1/2 -  10 stops would be 8 minutes

        1s -  10 stops would be 15 minutes

Then switch to Bulb mode on the Dial and set the Aperture to f/16 and ISO 100

Take a photo with cable release and lock for the time measured.

I learnt all this via  by Joel Tjintjelaar and read the guides for Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures part 1 - 3

Another resource is by Marc Koegel

Any questions let me know.


*edit now that i have upgraded to a Canon EOS 6D i use ISO 50 so i get less Hot Pixels & Noise during the Long Exposure.



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