Long exposures by the sea

I have delayed these images for a while, looked a lot at them, and tried to dress them in words. I can’t …
They were not quite as I hoped, but I must say that I love them.
It was extremely difficult to photograph at this time, it was storm in the gusts, and I had to anchor the tripod and camera properly to not get shake in the exposures which were more than a minute long.
The difficulties made me forget everything I knew about reciprocity effect … So most of the pictures I made was heavily underexposed unfortunately.
I had my border collie with me, and he refused to go out on the rocks, he probably thought I was crazy, hehe …

This may look peaceful, but I assure you it wasn’t….

Enjoy! 🙂

Hasselblad 503CX
Ilford Pan +
B+W 110 ND filter

Hasselblad 503CX
Ilford Pan +
B+W 110 ND filter


49 thoughts on “Long exposures by the sea

  1. I really like these photos! How many stops is that ND filter? I picked up a 6 stop B + W filter for the exact reasons of producing shots like these! I’m using it along with a pinhole camera to get super long exposures ^^

    • Wow, I would like to see them, I love pinhole, and with that filter it must be absolutely gorgeous! Do you have them up on your blog?
      My filter is 10 stop, so I had about one minute of exposure time with a 50 ISO film, but had probably needed
      1 1/2 minute for more correct exposure.
      Thank you very much!

      • Interesting stuff! I haven’t uploaded many of my super long pinhole exposures just yet. There’s only one uploaded so far. It’s the shot with bamboo trees. In bright daylight, I think it was about a three or four minute exposure.

        • Very interesting, I will sure have a look! Three to four minutes, wow, I believe even the “ghosts” will disappear during that long time, do they? Gosh, I want to try that….. THANKS a lot for the inspiration! 🙂

          • Yes, even the ghosts disappear ( unless they happen to be still, lazy ghosts ^^ ) I found this method works best for landscapes with moving clouds. It gives a surreal, dreamy atmospheric look to the photo.

  2. Well they may not be quite what you hoped but they are really great – I especially like the first one (and I’m not usually a fan of long exposure shots of moving water as they rarely look like water in my opinion). As you say, it looks peaceful, strangely calm and soothing despite the storm (good job you didn’t take the Wista on this occasion!).

  3. I think you did a great job in light of the stormy conditions. I too am not a big fan of “milk” water. However the detail you got in the rocks is superb. I like the second photo best because of the rocky horizon.

    • Thank you very much!
      If the weather had been better I had been taken much more color images than I did. It is very beautiful there, the cliffs are mostly red granite, very beautiful. I took a couple of color films, but have not had the time yet to scan them all.

    • Thank you very much! That’s true, efforts pay off 😉 That was also the reason I hold them for while, to see if they were really good, or if it was just my efforts that made me like them….

  4. Gosh, these are amazing! The first photo is a little deceiving in that the water actually looks like clouds (or mist) sweeping over mountain tops (the rocks). This is truly art. Well done!

        • Hehe, thank you!! I have been the very lucky owner since 1990. She has been sleeping in a camerabag for more than 12 years though, during the time I morurned film, I thought film was dead and it was all over. I have never been happier to be totally wrong about something 😀
          She is absolutely gorgeous to work with! She, you say? Yes, Old Betty, she’s called, (or Gamla Bettan, in swedish)
          The prices are rising, so hurry and get yourself one of these, the 500C is a wonderful wonderful piece too!

          • Aww how sweet that she has a name (and origin thereof!). I’ve been shooting with the same camera for 5 years and no complaints, so I’ve never felt the need to get a new one. Glad you brought Old Betty back to life, she’s beautiful. 🙂

  5. Great composition in both photo’s. I especially like the first one with the white light (water) contrasting with the dark rocks and leading the eye across the picture. Pan f+ is (I think) a tricky film to use anyway, especially for long exposures. I’ve been using these adjusted times for reciprocity compensation with Pan f – 2secs = 4secs, 4secs = 10secs, 8secs = 25secs, 15secs =55secs, 30secs = 2min 40secs. Metered time first and shot at box speed and developed for 10.5 minutes in D76 1:1 @20c. Seems to be working so far!

    • Thank you John, great info!
      Then I really understand the under exposure, I decided on exposure times ranged from 30 to 60 seconds, and stuck with them. I suppose I was lucky to even have this result then….
      Thanks again, I will be much more thorough with time setting next time. 🙂

  6. My friends and I have been playing with soft-water shots, too—usually in the evening at sunset, but I am anxious to try with a ND filter during the day. I have an old film Hasselblad, but haven’t used it in years since going to digital. Places to develop film seem to have vanished from my island (Oahu, hawaii).

    • Oh, you should try it, it is so fun! I had a film with 50 ISO, and I exposed for one minute, (should have exposed for two…) That was in the middle of a sunny day.
      Sad about developing labs… Why not pick up your nice friend Hasselblad, go out and shoot some film, order some chems online and develop your own film, It is actually quite easy. You do not need a darkroom, just a loadingbag and some other stuff.
      There is a podcast I often listen to, http://www.theartofphotography.tv He had a couple of shows lately about how to develop film at home, and he is good, very pedagogic and easy to understand. Then there is loads of videos on YouTube too. Give it a try, you’ll never know, you may just love it! 😉
      Good luck!! And thanks a lot for your visit and comment on my blog!

    • I guess it is the filter and very small aperture that makes it look that way. It was very very windy too, so it may have shaked the camera a bit during that long exposure…
      Thanks for your visit and comment! 🙂

  7. Amazing photos! I’m glad that you told us there was a storm. It helped me imagine it all, the sounds, winds, feel of it when I looked at the photos. In the second photo there is a rock that looks like a wide open mouth ready to eat the storm.

  8. I like the first image quite a bit. The tonal range is wonderful, especially how the gray sky cuts through the top of the photograph lightening up the scene ever so slightly. The long exposure does well to exemplify the repeated pounding the ocean gives to the rocks, slowly smoothing and changing the shape of the rocks. Your right it does look peaceful, but I’m sure it was anything but.

    • Thank you very much! 🙂
      No,it was a real battle, it was even hard to get there… Keep the camera and tripod steady and protected against salt water spray.
      I’m a bit disappointed that I underexposed all the images I photographed at the time, but these two I was able to rescue in Lightroom. But it is from the failures we learn, so next time I won’t do these mistakes anyway…. 😉

    • Tack!
      Kul att träffa på en landsman här, inte så ofta det händer.. Men du bor inte i Sverige, eller?
      Jodå, det är på västkusten. Ramsvikslandet närmare bestämt. Jag brukar åka ner till Smögen en vecka i september sisådär vartannat år, och i år när jag var där så blåste det så galet mycket hela veckan, så det var svårt att förankra stativet i blåsten… Min hund trodde jag blivit tokig, han nästan vägrade att följa med mig. Men blåsten och kaoset syns inte i bilden…
      Tack för påhälsningen och välkommen tillbaka! 🙂

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