Long Exposure Challenge Results
Week 18 19 Attendees
Last night we had a relaxed and enjoyable evening sharing our attempts at the ‘Long Exposure Challenge’ with the other club members and explaining where we had taken the images, the settings we had used and the obstacles we had encountered.
Barry began with his first attempt taken a few years ago on the seashore. His main obstacle was the weather and after several failed days due to rain, and the wind blowing his scribbled notes on settings around the beach, he came out with a reasonable image of the sea, and wind breaker. However, he knew it needed to be better. He then shared a lovely picture of Venice where he had managed to get light trails on the water provided by the passing blue safety lights of the boats, as well as sharp buildings and gondolas.
David had used an ND filter on a waterfall he had taken but experienced some problems with this. His second picture of a Sunset with Pylons was after the style of Andy Grey, who can be found on the internet. Andy tends to move his camera across the scene he wishes to take causing an intentional camera movement effect.
Dee shared her images of Aston Clinton waterfall and Eythrope waterfall explaining she felt she needed more understanding of the settings. However, Chris said she had captured silky water over the rocks and in sharp contrast were the ivy leaves making a very nice image.
Carol had tried three ICM images at Long Spinney and needed to get to know her settings as her first images were a bright light screen with nothing on them. She had a nice picture of trees with a sunlight coming through which she had entered with a gradual tint effect afterwards.
Jan continued with some images from Burnham Beeches and Wendover Woods. One image an ICM of beautiful flowers looked very much like an impressionist painting. She told us it was titled Rhythm and Hues which everyone felt was an excellent title.
John M shared a picture of cars moving in Berkhamsted High street and had static buildings in the background. The movement worked very well.
John Timbrell shared images of Tulips taken in Wells and a long exposure shot inside Well’s cathedral making it look as though you walked off into infinity. His tulips formed an unusual abstract with definite textures that intrigued the viewer.
Laurence had taken Blue bells at Dockey Wood felt that he had achieved a good depth of field through the trees although the Bluebells were not as good as he had seen them. His lock gates showed good detail in the water pouring through them and the Weir at Benson again, showed silky water flowing over the structures and a particularly good depth of field.
Mike had adapted an image he had put in to Challenge five competition following the Judges suggestion to crop the image down. He felt it had improved the image which showed a silky water pouring through the sluice gate and cascading over a rock into small beads of water sparkling from the sun.
The last image he showed us was a grab shot of the Refuse collectors emptying rubbish into the dust cart. The movement of the man emptying the rubbish was great against the static Dustcart and turned an everyday event into a good picture.
Tami had produced a collage of photographs showing her different settings and step by step how she had improved her photos. She had also taken a long exposure shot of the reservoir of water, reeds and trees which worked very well.
Peter produced two beautiful sunrises over Weston Turville Reservoir taken on a Mid-April early morning. He had used an ND filter on his Sigma17-70 on a tripod set at 3-minute exposure at F20.
His third picture was a transit of the sun taken 7.15 am in the morning 10 days before. In 3 seconds, he had taken 35 shots continuously and the image we looked at was 33 images stacked together. It was an amazing image.
Steve has been using his iPhone since a previous speaker advocated the use of the iPhone and he showed us an image of moving cars in his showroom from work. Steve has a slow shutter App that he uses. Steve said that he enjoyed the club because it had given him so many ideas of taking an image in different ways.
Chris showed us some of his images taken at Eythrope and Weston Turville Reservoir. Lockdown has been limiting for us all and many of us shared the locations with water and waterfalls.
He went on to show us some wonderful images he had taken in London before lockdown using Long Exposure of a bridge across the Thames and at Tube stations with static people and moving trains.
Kathy joined us at the end to share her images of Eythrope bridge and ICM image with a zoom out on the arch. She also had an image of water across the rocks at Eythrope with good definition in the water.
She shared an image she had taken on a Long Exposure workshop of the sand, sea, and horizon at Broadstairs which looked like a layered abstract. Lastly, she had a fantastic picture of the Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi with light trails taken from the road in front of the Mosque.
It was great to see everyone images and how everyone had risen to the challenge so well. I think everyone had learned a great deal from this challenge.
Next week is
COMPETITION: Best of the Best.