Erratic Storm

At the very real risk of boring my viewers, I am showing yet another long exposure from the storm last Sunday. This is the penultimate post on this topic, at least from that storm. I am saving the best until last, so you could just wait until tomorrow to look at my favourite of all those storm pictures. Or you could look at this lesser image of a teetering glacial erratic on the edge of the Chinese Cemetery. The view is westward towards Clover Point across the mouth of Gonzales Bay and Ross Bay more distant.

I don’t believe that this boulder features in the Sahsima story, but I have never seen a full text and so it is possible that somehow this rock features in the story too. In an earlier post about an earlier storm (before I had adequate protection for the camera) I sheltered the camera behind this rock to photograph Sahsima which is located just to the southeast of this location. Yet another bit of the landscape growing a splash of orange lichen.


Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, Cameron fader ND filter at about 7 or 8 f-stops of density, f22, 30 seconds.




10 thoughts on “Erratic Storm

    • That is a relief 🙂 I guess I was starting to get, not bored, but wistful to have more available to show – my ‘back catalogue’ is nearly non-existent. I probably should have taken pictures for 6 months before I started this blog, then I could mix it up a bit more.


  1. I love your storm photos! you’ve really managed to capture the movement in the water. The stone in this photo captures the attention. With the mysterious air around it I, for some reason, expect it to move… Good photo 🙂


    • Hi Anne – Thank you. I agree, it’s as if it is teetering on the edge of movement. Maybe that is a trick of the time involved in a long exposure because surely in geological time this boulder is moving, and pretty quickly.


    • Hi David – thanks a lot for the comment. I would like this one better if the focus were sharper. Kind of hard to achieve when its blowing 90km/hr directly against the tripod – I got as much between the wind and the camera as possible, but to little effect. Still, I am working on improvements.


  2. I guess I’ll wait till tomorrow, but this is pretty darn good, one of the best from this series. You have developed (photography term) an interesting style and it’s been very exciting to see each new entry. It also shows that you have mastered the technique and equipment to realize your vision.


    • Hi Ken – thanks so much for your great comments. There is a learning curve for sure. I feel like I am at the bottom of the curve still, nowhere near mastery. Also, I am being a bit rushed taking the shots I think – more a matter of personality than understanding. So, I don’t really feel like I have mastered things yet, but that all of this is a bit haphazard. I know I am doing some things right because I get useable shots quite a bit, but I don’t have the confidence yet that I could produce a good shot with a single exposure (or say a set of bracketed exposures).

      But then, Saturdays post is a single exposure due to the conditions and it worked out fine. I also need to try some really long exposures but don’t yet have a remote shutter release (no place on this camera for my mechanical cable releases – the “bulb” in the B setting sure is a long way from its original meaning). It would be fun to try 2 or 4 or 8 minute exposures on some things. I would really like to try that downtown on a busy day, just for the power of making a crowd disappear. I made a huge container ship turn into a dirty grey smudge today which appeals to me! Anyway. Lots of fun to be had. Thanks for all your support as I learn how to take pictures – you make a lot of constructive comments and I really appreciate them.


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