Seascape Photography - Getting a Long Exposure to Improve Photography
These long exposure seascape photos were taken in Ramsgate, South Africa after sunset. I placed my camera on a tripod and stood in the water to get a great angle.
To make a simple seascape into something more impressive requires a longer exposure. In these photos the exposure time varied from half a second to eight seconds.
Getting a Long Exposure
To get a long shutter speed you can either wait till the sunset and it becomes darker or you can get a neutral density filter to stop down the exposure. In this case I did not use any filters. After or before sunset is usually the best time for seascape photography. To create the desired milky effect you usually need a shutter speed of at least a second or more. It depends on the speed of the water. The faster the water is moving the less time is needed to create the milky effect of flowing water.
Taking sharp photos with a long exposure requires a good tripod and a remote shutter release or the timer function. Using mirror lock up can further help to sharpen the image. Using a wide angle lens with an small aperture of at least f/16 will ensure everything in the scene is in focus.
These photos were taken in January 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
Camera Settings: 0.5-8 seconds