I have been meaning to try long-exposure photography for a while now, but somehow never got around it. Mostly I was missing the right filters to play around with during daylight!
While being in Germany I purchased my first Neutral Density (ND) filter, which allows you to lower your shutter speed even at a sunny day to e.g. 10 seconds. That means that capturing blurry water, clouds during daytime becomes possible. A ND filter is basically a really dark filter that you attach to your lense - and which makes it almost impossible to take a picture by looking through the viewfinder (as all you will see is darkness). Also, the long exposure naturally demands the use of a tripod.
A couple of weeks ago I brought both filter and my tripod along to a trip down to Torquay surf beach and had a first try. After setting up the camera on the tripod, checking the beach for interesting shots and I started - only to be quite irritated not soon after. Most of the shots I took were blurry, despite the tripod and a wireless remote. I had turned to Manual mode using the manual focus of the lense as I was trying to get the focus right using the LCD screen. I am not really satisfied with how the shots turned out... Next time I will try to lock the auto focus and only attach the ND filter afterwards.
Learning by doing I guess! :)
Have you ever tried long-exposure photogprahy?
Any tips you can pass along to me? Thanks and have a lovely week!