Tutorial for Daytime Long exposure

Published February 1st, 2012

This dramatic shots at late sunset, after the sun has already fallen behind the mountains was achieved like this

First of all a definition of ND filter:

"In photography and optics, a neutral density filter or ND filter can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter. An ideal neutral density filter reduces and/or modifies intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition.

The purpose of standard photographic neutral density filters is to allow the photographer greater flexibility to change the aperture, exposure time and/or motion blur of subject in different situations and atmospheric conditions."

I used an ND filter of 10stops, which enabled me to achieve this long shutter speed at daytime, i used an B+W 110 filter. But, firstly i prefocused the shot, created the desired composition, because after the filter is mounted on the lens it makes it that dark and actually nothing is visible!

My focus point was somewhere right in the middle of the pier, in order to get a more clear image because i needed to go with an aperture of 11, because the light was really low. If u used a 22 aperture than i would have needed to leave the shutter open for more than 10 minutes, the ISO Should always be 100 in this kind of shots, to minimize Noise

Needles to say, i used a tripod and a IR trigger, to actually enable the camera to take the shot because it needs to be tight and not able to shake at all. It was a very sunny day, and that is why the Columns are that dark because the main focus point for me was the transition in the colors and this way they became under exposed and in some places i have lost all the color detail, but this does not bother me, because anyway they would have been converted to a black shadow

The post processing was really easy, the image was shot as a RAW file, which enabled me and gave me a much broader opportunity in the post processing, i used Camera Raw to enhance the colors, straighten the image, crop it, and also increased the sharpness a bit in order to get more details on the columns shapes. At last i used the Color efex pro 4 to enhance the colors a bit more, the contrast and the tonality of the colors

Hope you all like this tutorial, and for more information Pleas write on my Wall

Thank you all, sincerely:
Rilind Hoxha

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David Shi  about 3 years ago
Great tutorial and thank you very much for this!