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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

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
Shutter Speed:3sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:12 Mar 2014 - 4:18 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Namibia, Swakopmund
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Grin Good morning Colleen
Spectacular images. Have to go for V2 for your "What you see is what you get" raw look...


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

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.



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

Bantu  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 6:53 AM

Beautiful capture of landscape,lovely.


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

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



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



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



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


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


Look very good to me.
Especially like V2.


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


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

12 Mar 2014 - 7:57 AM

I like V 1 best. Smile


Great 1st attempt Colleen very well done GrinGrin



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

Mary Grin


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


jayrc276  1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 11:02 AM

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



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


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.


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 Critique Team 111681 forum postsdark_lord vcard England235 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


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


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  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2014 - 1:04 PM

Two fine seascapes Colleen.
Favour V2.


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

kfrances  1 United States
12 Mar 2014 - 2:17 PM

Nice sets, I like them both, Great job.

Brian65  6 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 2:20 PM

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


Love the composition here.Great Pov and dof


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


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  2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 - 4:24 PM

I particularly like V2. Such a curious structure.


V1 gets it.Smile



" 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.



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.


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


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


super shots



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...


I like them both ColleenSmile


Great shots, like V1 best.


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

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 ?

Last Modified By gss at 12 Mar 2014 - 8:16 PM

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


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



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


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.


evelen  10 England
13 Mar 2014 - 6:23 PM

great captures .


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.



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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