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Good morning....
Thank you so much for all your votes and kind comments on yesterdays sunset. Also a big thank you to Peter (dodlefin), Patty (pentaxpatty), Kathryn (kathrynlouise) and Billy (Williamsloan) for their UA's.....all treasured
Today's image was captured 30 minutes after yesterday's sunset. This and V2 (captured in Pelican Bay) are my first attempts at long exposures. I am totally out of my comfort zone with these....Have so much still to learn.....any advise welcome. Grin
Have a nice day

12.00.... Just back from the Camera shop, I am now the proud owner of a set of ND grad filters....lots of practice ahead of me....also bought a bean bag to balance my camera on in the game vehicle this weekend

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Feb 2014 - 7:40 PM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/25.0
Shutter Speed:3sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dusk
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:12 Mar 2014 - 4:18 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Namibia, Swakopmund
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 5:49 AM

Grin Good morning Colleen
Spectacular images. Have to go for V2 for your "What you see is what you get" raw look...
IB

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:11 AM

Glorious light in these two beautiful images, Colleen, it looks so calm and peaceful. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:38 AM

Oooh get you going all arty farty.....

The first one is especially good Colleen, just the right amount of milkiness in the water. If I may be so bold though, the sky is a little blown, this is one of those times where a Neutral Density Graduated filter would have been useful to help keep those pesky highlights in place. Excellent first attempt though.

Andy

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

Thanks Andy I am planning to go but one today actually. Thanks for the advise. Grin

781969
781969  1 India
12 Mar 2014 - 6:53 AM

Beautiful capture of landscape,lovely.

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:07 AM

Lovely first attempt Colleen
multi talented with that camera!!Grin
Lillian

Caziwinkles
12 Mar 2014 - 7:15 AM

Superb Colleen - this is always a tricky one I think!
I do prefer the more natural elements in V2 - however two immense shots! Smile

Carol

kathrynlouise
12 Mar 2014 - 7:19 AM

No end to your talents Colleen. Love them both but V1 especially is stunning GrinGrin

Kathryn

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:23 AM

2 nice captures Colleen, the only real LE that I have carried out is with IR Film, with that I always bracketed the shot at least 3 stops +/- the normal exsposureSmile


Cliff

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:30 AM

V1 is my fav and a great capture.Well done.Grin

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:37 AM

v1 is better, Colleen. An ND filter will definitely help, for the sky and fogbank. You cannot catch the desolation, though, of the Skeleton coast!
Regards Martin

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:47 AM

Look very good to me.
Especially like V2.

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:52 AM

Both look great. I love the frame around v 2 great long exposure on v1. Have a good day.
Best wishes Patty

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:55 AM

You can give me lessons any time Colleen. Two different but excellent pictures.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

User_Removed
12 Mar 2014 - 7:57 AM

I like V 1 best. Smile

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 8:53 AM

Great 1st attempt Colleen very well done GrinGrin

Ali

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 9:02 AM

For a first attempt at slow shutter speed you have done very very well, two excellent images Colleen.

Mary Grin

Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 10:53 AM

V1 works wonders but 2 great captures, good luck with the grads - its a whole new world out there with themGrin Grin Grin

Barry

jayrc276
12 Mar 2014 - 11:02 AM

Lovely LE shots!! I like the simplicity of V1 with the milky water Grin

Jay

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 11:09 AM

Green with envy Wink over your N/D grads ( on my hit list !!!!) Strong long exposure images, ( now you can perfect all this !) Colleen.
Ron

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
12 Mar 2014 - 11:50 AM

Very interesting ,Colleen . At first i thought it was mist ,but ofcourse not. - A very " out of this world " - effect. Must try sometimes ,but i hate those tripods! - Very well done , Colleen! --- Jukka.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 12:09 PM


Quote: Very interesting ,Colleen . At first i thought it was mist ,but ofcourse not. - A very " out of this world " - effect. Must try sometimes ,but i hate those tripods! - Very well done , Colleen! --- Jukka.

Unfortunately tripods are sometimes a necessary evil....also...The thick line on the horizon is the bank of fog coming in to the desert....

Last Modified By ColleenA at 12 Mar 2014 - 12:10 PM
dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 12:18 PM

Another voice saying those grads would have been useful here!
I must say, V2 doesn't look that sturdy Grin

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 12:35 PM


Quote: Another voice saying those grads would have been useful here!
I must say, V2 doesn't look that sturdy Grin

Actually it is sturdy, a most wonderful seafood restaurant that has been there for about 12 years...my hubby also thought it's about to sink into the bayGrin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 12:40 PM

Two lovely captures, Colleen, with just the right amount of movement in the water I think Smile I keep meaning to have a go at long exposures with water, but it does mean using the tripod (which I very rarely carry around), unless you have something else to rest the camera on!
Trev Smile

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 1:04 PM

Two fine seascapes Colleen.
Favour V2.
Mick.

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
12 Mar 2014 - 1:09 PM

This has a lovely calm touch to it. Great capture. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

kfrances
12 Mar 2014 - 2:17 PM

Nice sets, I like them both, Great job.

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 2:20 PM

Two lovely images, looks like you won't need much practice to perfection.
Brian

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
12 Mar 2014 - 2:47 PM

Love the composition here.Great Pov and dof

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 3:13 PM

For a first attempt these look pretty good and will look better once you get to grips with the new filters. I haven't had too much experience with these type of shots but if I was you I would try starting to get to grips with the manual setting on your camera. I personally am not a fan of the shutter priority setting. Also have a read on how to use spot metering. It is a good way to determine which filter to use to get a balanced exposureWinkGrin
Ryan

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 3:32 PM

Thanks for the advise Ryan, I learnt how to use Manual settings when I bought my DSLR a year ago, have just got lazy when I am in a hurry. funnily enough it's the first time I have ever used shutter priority as usually it's my apertures I concentrate on....Grin

lblythe
lblythe  1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 4:24 PM

I particularly like V2. Such a curious structure.
L

capto
capto e2 Member 21455 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 4:40 PM

V1 gets it.Smile

ivor

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:06 PM

" I am now the proud owner of a set of ND grad filters" SmileSmile Me too, got mine at the show the other Sunday,
have fun trying them out, there are lots of things you can do with them.
Nice images today, another addition to the Angel images tool box.

Dave.

Trevhas
Trevhas e2 Member 2528 forum postsTrevhas vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:10 PM

Wow !! What a fantastic start to landscape photography Colleen ...V1 for me ,I think you've captured the movement of the sea just right, hope you bought a full grad as that will slow down the exposure and you can use the graduated filters to darken the sky.
Trev.

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 7:15 PM

Great images Colleen, I'm sure you will have lots of fun with the new filters and I look forward to seeing the results.

Jenny Smile

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7204 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:22 PM

Two great shots, i would be same with long exposures, what make of filters did you get

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:37 PM

super shots


billy

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:39 PM


Quote: Two great shots, i would be same with long exposures, what make of filters did you get

I got L
The Lee filters advertised by epz on the Galleries page...set of 3 soft grads...

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2212 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 7:49 PM

I like them both ColleenSmile
NettaSmile

Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 7:58 PM

Great shots, like V1 best.

brandish
brandish e2 Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 8:09 PM

Lovely,image one almost dreamlike with its colours and tranquility.
Martyn.

gss
gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 8:15 PM

You're doing great!
30 years I've been trying to learn about speed, aperture, depth, ISO, etc.. I always feel that I understand perfectly but when I try to put in practice do not come only two types of pictures: a black rectangle or a white rectangle. So I always return to automatic mode!GrinGrinWink
What's that thing on pilots from the middle of the bay ?
Silviu

Last Modified By gss at 12 Mar 2014 - 8:16 PM
marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 8:50 PM

Cracking first attempt... I'll mail you.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 10:13 PM

Two good images, Colleen. My fave is V1. Many of the C & C above confirm you have made great start.

Fred

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1910 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 10:16 PM

Two very good images; well judged exposure length in V1 with a very nice effect on the water, lots of interest in V2.
Nigel

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2014 - 3:00 AM

I think both images are lovely....I think I like the composition in V1, and I think the flattened water as an image...and idea, works better with V2. I think so sometimes long water shots are wonderful, and sometimes it becomes overdone. I think that there are times when you really want to see water movement, and sometimes the effect of the long exposure can be magical.

Peter

evelen
evelen  9 England
13 Mar 2014 - 6:23 PM

great captures .
eve.Smile

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41103 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2014 - 9:43 PM

I was about to throw in my twopenneth of advice when I noticed Mark is going to mail you. One of the better exponents of LEs on here so I'll leave it with him. A remote release is a definite advantage when taking them though.

Dave

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:28 PM

V1 is a super attempt at a long exposure Colleen and the one that stands out for me. I rarely use a tripod either as it something extra to lug about, although I occasionally use a light one with my compact camera when taking landscapes

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