Two nights in Cromer and the weather has been rather hot and humid – Consequently it’s Packed with aged tourists out for a stroll. Although the weather’s fine it’s slightly cloudy and visibility is what the Met office would call ‘Moderate’ – effectively there’s a cloudy haze in the distance and you can’t see more than 10 miles or so.
At 7.00pm it was still very bright and I thought it was time to get out the old -10 ND and do a little long exposure work on the pier. That way i figure the pedestrians will disappear because they don’t stay still enough to register.
I start with a quick exposure to find a sweet spot for what would be a ‘normal’ exposure without the -10ND. ISO is 100 and the aperture is 8.0 for a sharpish look.
The setting sun to the West is lighting the pier a little and giving it a slightly pinkish look. The tide is high and the waves are fairly regular and strong. With a vaguely longer exposure the waves will look a little messy but with the ND exposure time will be around 2 minutes and they should even out into a blur.
Cue some faffing around, cleaning the filter (it’s got to be VERY clean) plugging in a remote shutter release, and setting the camera into ‘bulb mode’.
I dial in a two minute exposure and two minutes later…..
It works like it’s supposed to…. at ISO 100 and with an aperture of 8.0 plus the ND -10 it needed all two minutes to register a good picture on the 17mm lens.
Naturally I shot RAW so there was plenty of latitude to put on a curves adjustment and darken the skies but this is pretty much ‘it’. The Lee 10 stop filter i use creates a strong blue cast throughout and of course this needed adjusting…. it’s taken quite a bit of kick out of the pinkish hue on the pier.
I’ve used the same image twice in effect – with a separate curves adjustment on each – one for the sky and one for the water. It could be better in that the sky could be more interesting… but then i’ve worked with what i have and i’m not a fan of sky replacement….. it somehow doesn’t feel ‘genuine’.