I’ve always enjoyed viewing long exposure photos, especially when they are in black and white. They are often very dramatic. I’m particularly fascinated by the work done with Fuji cameras on the Flixelpix web site. David Cleland has written an ebook about long exposure photography and has some stunning examples. I’ve given a lot of thought to working towards creating images like that, but had never set aside the time to do it. This image, Beacon of Light, was my first serious attempt in a while to create a dramatic long exposure image.
I spent a few days during a very short vacation scouting out sites to shoot along the eastern shore of Maryland. I’m often drawn to the inlet area of Ocean City, Maryland because of the ocean waves and jetties. On this day, I arrived before sunrise to work on some long exposure images at the inlet and decided to use one of the jetties with a beacon at the end as an anchor for the image. I set up on one end of the jetty and enjoyed the cold, 24 degree, wind blowing across the ocean. The wind benefitted me well in that the clouds were moving swiftly across the sky. This scene was made for long exposure photography.
Equipment and Processing
For this image I attached a 10 stop B+W Neutral Density filter to the Fuji XF18-55mm lens attached to my Fuji X-E2. The exposure was 2 minutes, 40 seconds at f/16 and ISO 200. The resulting image file was processed in Lightroom and converted to black and white in Silver Efex Pro 2. Some selective burning in was done in Lightroom to produce the finished image. In hindsight, I probably didn’t need a 10 stop ND filter and could have made the initial image work just as well with a 3 or 6 stop ND filter to achieve the long exposure times I needed to show movement.
© 2014, The F/Stop Guy: Beacon of Light, Long Exposure Photography
- Camera: X-E2