Long Exposure Photography, Over The Edge, Part 2

Long exposure photography on Vickery Creek in Roswell, Georgia

I’ve really enjoyed working on my long exposure photography technique. I wrote about it here recently. The image above is another long exposure image of moving water on Vickery Creek in Roswell, Georgia. I’ve taken a number of long exposure images in my day but it’s only been recently that I’ve tried to make images that have some artistic value, particularly in the realm of black & white images. That means I’ve spent time focusing on the proper balance of tone across the image and I’ve ensured that there is detail and texture in the water. Since the eye is immediately drawn to the brightest part of an image, nothing detracts more from an otherwise fantastic image than blown out highlights in the water.

Long Exposure Photography Equipment and Processing

For this image, I used the tripod mounted Fuji X-Pro 1 with the Fuji XF 18mm F/2.0 lens. In addition, I used a 6 stop B+W Neutral Density filter to allow me to slow the exposure down. Exposure was +1/3 of a stop for 3.5 seconds at F/8 and ISO 200. One of the great things about a tripod is that it really slows down the composition effort when making a photograph. I’ve found that while it can be a pain to lug the tripod around, my images tend to be better because I have to slow down and concentrate more on what I’m creating. This image was processed through Lightroom 4 where I applied a preset for black & white long exposures.


© 2012, The F/Stop Guy: Over The Edge, Part 2, Long Exposure Photography

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-Pro1
  • Taken: 11 November, 2012
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 3.5s
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  1. Len Saltiel December 17, 2012 at 8:09 AM #

    Wow Ken. The tones, composition and exposure are just about perfect. Nicely captured.
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  2. Mark Neal December 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

    Very nice image, Ken. I like the contrast of textures.
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  3. Edith Levy December 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM #

    Fantastic long exposure Ken. Love this in B&W.
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  4. Jimi Jones December 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

    Very nice shot, Ken. I love the way this turned out.
    Tripods are our best friends in the field and I wouldn’t leave home without it, at least not intentionally. :)

    The water, which is the star here, really turned out great.
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  5. Mike Baker December 26, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

    Nicely done, Ken. I’ve made long exposures with my Canon DSLR in the past, and my B&W ND10 has arrived for my X-E1 recently, so I’m keen to get out and try it.

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