We’ve just had a couple of nights away in Dorset. As yesterday was a lovely bright day, if a little chilly, we went to the seaside. Weymouth. I promised my family I wouldn’t drag loads of kit around or spend hours fiddling around – they are very patient and generous with the time they hang around indulging me but I felt this should be family time more than anything. So I took minimal kit (one camera, one lens, one mini tripod, one filter) and grabbed a bit of time on the beach before lunch, and otherwise fitted in quick snaps.
The filter was one I’ve had for a while but not used yet. A variable density neutral density filter. So I popped it on the camera, set to maximum density and used a low ISO as it was a bright day. I set a long exposure and put the camera on a mini tripod down on the beach close to the waves. I tried a load of variations with exposures between 1 second and 20 seconds. I tried some with a burst of flash followed by the long exposure to catch ambient light. Overall I was disappointed with the results, though I kind of liked the one above where the flash has caught the waves and created a sparkly trail. I think I need to keep trying, in particular finding a better view/angle, and really try a range of exposure conditions. Most importantly I need to be methodical, keeping all but one thing constant and then working through the full range of settings, rather than flitting about changing several things at once. Then I might get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. But that will take more time than I was prepared to invest yesterday. However it was a start and I have now got that filter out of the box.
My favourite snaps from the rest of the weekend are shown below. I hope you like something from them at least.