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getting long exposures on a nikon d1x.

15 Sep 2012 2:14PM
Seems a bit like the holy grail, people talk about it, but yo unever quiote get the full story of how to di it!

So, I finally thought I'd sussed it, I set my f to as high as it would go (32 i think), added an 6 stop Ngrad & a polariser..........and although a nice shot, it was only a one second exposure.

Ideally, I would like to hit a 30 second or longer exposure............any ionfo greatly appreciated Smile

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NikonNovice Plus
10 107 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 2:28PM
Set the iso as low as it will go, use a high f number, add a polariser and an nd or nd grad if you can. This should slow the shutter down although you can stack several nd filters to slow it down more if needed.
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
15 Sep 2012 2:31PM
What ISO did you set?, needs to 200 or less. Also f32 not recommended due to image quality, go no lower than f16.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
15 Sep 2012 2:39PM
Don't use an ND Grad. Use a full ND so that the neutral density is applied to the entire image area. The denser the filter, the more you will have to slow down your shutter speed.

For example, if your base exposure at ISO 100 is, say, 1/125th at f/16, then a 3-stop ND filter (often labelled as ND8) will give you an exposure of 1/15 at f/16 while a 10-stop ND filter (sometimes called a Big Stopper) will give you an exposure of 8 seconds at f/16
ade_mcfade Plus
13 15.2k 216 England
15 Sep 2012 2:57PM
shoot at night
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
15 Sep 2012 3:02PM
Or leave the lens cap on.
15 Sep 2012 3:36PM
hi..i set it on iso 100...the photo of the waterfall is on my portfoilio for exif.
15 Sep 2012 3:38PM
hi folks...here's my Exif :

18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

Recording media:

JPEG (digital)

Date Taken:

20 Aug 2012 - 2:45 PM

Focal Length:


Lens Max Aperture:




Shutter Speed:


Exposure Comp:




Exposure Mode:

Aperture-priority AE

Metering Mode:



No Flash

White Balance:

15 Sep 2012 3:42PM
all of the above ended up with a one second exposure.
... I can see that I had the iso on 200 now..so will drop that next time.... but had f22, will drop that to 16 next time.
also my bad, it wasn;t an Ngrad, it was a n6 full nd. with polariser.

...where / what would you say to alter from the above please.....and thankyou for all previous replies...much appreciated
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
15 Sep 2012 3:46PM
Hi Gareth.

If the one on your portfolio that you are referring to is the image entitled "Watersmeet, Exmoor", then I think you have got the shutter speed spot-on for the water. You certainly don't need it any longer.

The ISO on that one was 200 and the aperture f/22. I think you might have got a slightly better overall result with ISO at 100 and aperture at f/16. Most lenses go off a bit at f/22 and I think I am right in saying that the base ISO of the D1x was 100 and that quality tended to reduce fairly quickly as you went up the scale..

But, hey - it's a great photograph.

(Edit: I see you posted the EXIF while I was writing the above - so we are talking about the same image.)

15 Sep 2012 4:28PM
Hi Left Forum...hey that's great..thankyou.

I'm just a bit puzzled when I look at the milky water photos & see that they are at 30 second exposures. yet mine only hit 1 second :-(

.................big thanks buddy...appreciated Smile
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
15 Sep 2012 5:26PM
It only hit 1 second because you took it at 2.45pm, when there's still plenty of light around!!

A lot of these 30 seconds exposures are taken very early or very late in the day, or when light levels are low. Go back there around 6am and see what you get...
15 Sep 2012 6:13PM
ahhhh thankyou Scottish................. ..mmm..perhaps evening instead though...it's 70 miles away from me...and I do like my bed Smile
ade_mcfade Plus
13 15.2k 216 England
15 Sep 2012 10:24PM
welcome to landscape photography Wink

3 AM starts, long journeys, 50 in petrol and you just get rain and misery...
15 Sep 2012 10:31PM
My hawk friend Andy AHG does the peak district photography a lot...always at sunrise...I see myself more of a sunset man :-p

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