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Playing with long exposures

A trip to Blackpool last week gave me plenty of time to play with low-light and long exposures.
This is the first time I've had a chance to do this, so any comments/advice and guidance would be much appreciated.

Firstly a shot looking towards the North Pier a 40 second exposure, using the seawall as "a tripod" The sea was quite rough, and I was ready to grab the camera and run.


Next a shot with a shorter exposure... hand held (with no IS this was quite tricky)


I've used these in my OU course, but would be interested to see what you good people think of them...
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Re: Playing with long exposures

Hi Tracey -

You have achieved something we have been meaning to do for years - you actually made it to the Blackpool lights!

I particularly like your first pic - your capture of the sea rising up on the sea wall is very effective and I like the overall image very much. Makes me think we must do better next year and make the trip north.

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Tracey, the first picture is very good, I like the composition shootng along the coastline, the only thing I think would have made it better would have been if you had got the whole pier in the frame rather than cutting it off on the far righthand side of the picture.
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Hi Tracey -

You have achieved something we have been meaning to do for years - you actually made it to the Blackpool lights!

I particularly like your first pic - your capture of the sea rising up on the sea wall is very effective and I like the overall image very much. Makes me think we must do better next year and make the trip north.

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Thanks for your comments Annie, it is one of the ones I liked.
This Blackpool trip was the first one in over 20 years for me! I'd been promising the kids a go on the big roller coaster, but I wanted to see the lights There seems to be major changes there at the moment, which will all be finished for next year, so go for it I enjoyed the trip very much.
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Tracey, the first picture is very good, I like the composition shootng along the coastline, the only thing I think would have made it better would have been if you had got the whole pier in the frame rather than cutting it off on the far righthand side of the picture.
Thanks for your comments Edward.
I didnt notice the pier until you mentioned it... I've gone and rechecked the original, and its not there either... I really MUST get used to checking the whole viewfinder.
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Thanks for your comments Edward.
I didnt notice the pier until you mentioned it... I've gone and rechecked the original, and its not there either... I really MUST get used to checking the whole viewfinder.
I agree with Edward, but I am guilty myself of not checking all the edges of the view finder. That said I love the shots. Well done.
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Re: Playing with long exposures

Thanks Graydon, Its nice to know I'm not the only one that doesnt check all edges of the viewfinder for every shot
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Re: Playing with long exposures

I really like the first one, the light is lovely. How dark did the sky & the sea seem at the time? The balance between whatever daylight there was and the lights on the prom and the pier is nice. Often the lights are so much brighter than everything else that they bun out but here we can still see colour in them, specially on the pier.

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Re: Playing with long exposures

Thanks John
The image "stamp" is at 18.14. It seemed quite dark, I know I was starting to feel uncomfortable walking along that part of the prom with it being that dark. I dont know why the lights didnt burn out, but I'm pleased they didnt
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Re: Playing with long exposures

I think they're brilliant, and I like the deep blue sky too

I've never been to Blackpool, so I don't know what it looks like but I actually like the way the pier, if it is the pier, seems to enclose the sea.
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Re: Playing with long exposures

Yes, these are good shots: One of the tricks for photographing lights and buildings is to take the shots at dusk not at night, so you get that great colour contrast between the building lights and the sky.

The first one is very nice:-)

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Re: Playing with long exposures

Thanks Ellie and Pete for your comments.

I'll try to remember to try photographing at dusk for other places... but Blackpool never really seems dark until you're down on the prom, away from the lights
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