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Exposure problem with slow shutter speed


14 Mar 2009 9:27AM
Good morning all, I have been trying to take some coastal shots using long exposures but all I seem to be getting is bleached out shots for instance I have been out this morning down to my local beach around 08.30hrs but the sky was really bright does this have anything to do with it, tried manual mode and TV mode on a tripod with a camera release cord and a Canon 40D with a 17-40 L Lens, it seems in TV mode I went to the slowest exposure and worked my way up until a scene actually got in the framce however by the time the scene arrived in my view finder I was taking shots at a very fast shutter speed and was not getting the blurred wave afffect I was after, can somebody please help me as I am getting really frustrated with this

Many thanks
Lee

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14 Mar 2009 9:37AM
You'll need a graduated Neutral Density filter to stop the sky burning out
rowarrior e2
7 4.4k 9 Scotland
14 Mar 2009 10:30AM
or even a full ND filter as the sky reflecting in the water would make it quite bright too
Hugeknot 9 1.2k 2 Iceland
14 Mar 2009 10:37AM
Yes, ND filter is the way to go. Choose an 8!! Use a small aperture f=16 - 22. You could also add a polariser to enhance the effect further.
Even with a strong ND you will be challenged to get a wave blur in bright light. The time around sunset/rise is best but if you have clear skies you have to wait for the sun to go down (or before the sun comes up).

EDIT: the recent pics in my pf are taken with a polariser just before sunset, but you can see the sky is quite dark. f=16
Smile
14 Mar 2009 11:38AM

Quote:Yes, ND filter is the way to go. Choose an 8!! Use a small aperture f=16 - 22. You could also add a polariser to enhance the effect further.
Even with a strong ND you will be challenged to get a wave blur in bright light. The time around sunset/rise is best but if you have clear skies you have to wait for the sun to go down (or before the sun comes up).

EDIT: the recent pics in my pf are taken with a polariser just before sunset, but you can see the sky is quite dark. f=16



Thank you for your help just ordered a filter, many thanks Lee

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