I took some creative license when I worked on this image from Cannon Beach, OR. The swirling waves resulted from using a 0.5s exposure with my Nikon Z 7II mounted on a tripod. However, I chose to also blur the clouds in Photoshop to create a pseudo long-exposure look. What do you think?
Capturing the essence of London
Travel photography is all about capturing moments that give a distinct feeling of place. In London, there’s nothing more distinctive than the red double-decker busses that roam the city streets. On this picture-postcard day, I chose to capture the motion of the bus with a long exposure (learn how here). Even though the bus is blurred, the viewer knows exactly what it is and where I’m at. The beautiful architecture of St. Pancras station creates a great backdrop.
- Nikon D850 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens
- 0.5 sec f/8 ISO 100 (with 6-stop ND filter)
- Gitzo 1-series tripod
Create unique abstract images with a swipe
When I find myself overwhelmed or just need a burst of creativity, I look no further than using a deliberate pan blur, or “swipe” to create an abstract photograph. The idea behind a swipe is to use a relatively long exposure and move the camera either up/down or left/right while dragging the shutter. I find that with the right subjects, I can create some pretty fun images!
Swipes are just one of the many topics I cover in my complete guide to long exposure photography.
Video: How to perform a long exposure swipe
The Iconic Flatiron Building at Twilight
Despite cloudy, overcast weather in New York, blue hour always comes through!
- Nikon D850 with 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor zoom lens
- Gitzo 1-series tripod with RRS BH-40 ball head
- Processed in Lightroom and Luminar 2018
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still working on finishing up my newest eBook, Stretching Time.
Until then, here’s a chance to get an early preview of the topics by viewing the table of contents (click the image to view a PDF version)