One of the techniques in photography I’ve always wanted to develop in my skill set was that of long exposure photography. Long exposure photos have a different look to them and, in my opinion, are not always easy to take properly. I’ve acquired all the right tools to take these types of photos but I used a different tool this time that I thought was better than anything in my bag.
Tools for Long Exposure Photos
David Cleland, also known as @flixelpix on Twitter recently published an eBook aptly titled “The Long Exposure” eBook. In his eBook, David, a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 user, talks about the tools and techniques associated with taking great long exposure photos.
David covers a great deal of information in the eBook, including exposure, composition and the use of neutral density filters. David also includes 6 Lightroom 4 presets he personally developed. These presets are designed specifically for the processing of long exposure photos in Lightroom 4. For me, the section on post processing was most valuable, especially the discussion on the usage of the Clarity slider.
Equipment and Processing
For today’s images, I used the tripod mounted Fujifilm X-Pro 1 with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F/2.0 lens. In addition, I used a 6 stop B+W Neutral Density filter. The first image was processed by starting with David’s Long Mono preset. The second image utilized the Ethereal preset as a starting point.
© 2012, The F/Stop Guy: Over The Edge, Long Exposure Photos–Fuji X-Pro 1