Storm Rocks

Happy New Year everybody – may you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.

As I write Harling Point is being lashed by a winter storm with wind washing 1m and bigger waves onto the beaches. I went out at sunset to take some ocean pictures – I had waited for lower light levels so I could experiment with long shutter speeds. Winds were gusting to nearly 70km/hr while I was out there, according to my neighbour’s weather station.  I have previously posted pictures of a stormy Harling Point beach which was my first foray into photographing moving water. Since then I have tried a couple of times without much success. I wanted to try extended exposures to see if I could replicate the beautiful pictures of smooth creamy water that some people manage to take (thanks Toad for putting me onto Marcin Bera’s photos).

This time I did not have to resort to sheltering behind a boulder to protect my camera as I had received some Rainsleeves for Christmas. I set up in several locations. At one spot I was caught by a wave that drenched one leg to the knees, though I was far up the rock and in no danger.

In this post I am including all 5 shots from one set up with pictures taken betwen 4:50 and 4:54 pm, at different shutter speeds (you can see the f-stop and shutter speed in the image title – just hover you mouse over the image for the information). I hope you will bear with me in this learning process – I did the same thing for the other shots I took (linked above) since I know I am not the only one making experiments, even if only to discover what is already well known to many people.

It would be interesting to hear your opinions about which you like the best. Some of the difference is catching the right wave(s), though the longer exposures have many waves contributing to the water effects. I lead with the one that I like the best, and it is because of the action in the water which though smoothed out is still very dynamic. There are parts of all the others that I prefer, such as in the pools in the foreground. With smaller waves I think I would prefer some of the longer shots. In the next few days I will show other views from today, some of which work better than any of these shots, and one or two of which achieve the creamy water effect I was seeking.

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To take these pictures I positioned myself up wind of the camera (Canon 5D MkII, with Canon 50mm/f1.4 lens) and held the excess bits of plastic from the Rainsleeve to make it less like a sail. I also clamped one hand on a tripod leg pushing it firmly into the bedrock to help steady it as the rock was very slippery. It’s quite a heavy tripod (SLIK Pro 700 DX with Ball Head 800) and probably would have been OK, but I did not want to take chances with movement of the shot. To help reduce light levels I had put on a polarizing filter as I don’t own a neutral density filter, ISO set at 100. Therefore, for these images I have desaturated them all just a bit as they were quite blue from the filter and time of day.

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29 thoughts on “Storm Rocks

  1. Pingback: Storm Strait « burnt embers

    • Hi George – thank you for your comment. Your wordpress blog link indicates a deleted blog so I deleted the link from this comment. Let me know if there is something I can replace it with, and I will.

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    • I just found a link to your new wordpress blog that comes with your gravatar when you “like” something. I have changed it in your comment. Hope that is ok.

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    • Hi David – Happy New Year to you and yours as well. It has been a lot of fun experimenting. I like putting some of my “data” out there, probably the science background I come from wanting facts to go with the outcomes. I feel like my pictures are getting better every week or two, which is gratifying.

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  3. If I had to choose a favorite from these it would be the third from the top – f13 @ 6 sec. It may be more of the waves crashing at the time than the exposure, but there seems to be a little extra interest in the water. Yeah, I’m sticking with #3.

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  4. These are all wonderful but if I had to pick one, it would be the third one from the top (f13 at 6 sec). I also like the last one a lot. I like the appearance of a mist above the water.

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    • Hi Robin – thanks for coming by. It is hard to choose between them. I like the little pools in the lower left of the one second from the bottom which has the appearance of mist streaming along the low lying areas.

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    • Thanks!! And welcome to my blog, I have been enjoying your images – there are quite a few similarities between your coastline and ours, although we lack the old stone architecture which adds a lot to a rocky vista.

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    • Hi Sally – I too like the way these rocks get a sheen with long exposures. Its partly being wet (or in this case entirely due to the spray), but I have noticed this effect even when these smooth rocks are merely damp and not right at the water’s edge.

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    • Hi Mario – thanks for commenting – that is the second from the bottom. I am wondering how your browser is set up because on mine I had to go to a lot of work to find 3915 displayed anywhere. When you hold your mouse over the image can you see the f-stop and aperture?

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      • When I sent my comment it was just giving the web link, the title of the album and a photo number at the bottom of the screen. Now I am getting the f stop and exposure time as you intended. I dont know why I wasnt getting it before.

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      • Well, I am glad you are getting the info now – probably in the future I should do photo captions, or list the info at the bottom of the post.

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