AN­DREW JAMES

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Long or shor t?

Q When should you take a long-ex­po­sure wa­ter im­age – and when shouldn’t you take one? Ali­son Trent

A THERE is no hard and fast rule as far as I am aware,

Ali­son. You sim­ply make a cre­ative choice. I know that long­ex­po­sure im­ages that ren­der wa­ter as a soft haze aren’t to ev­ery­one’s tastes, but their pop­u­lar­ity is some­thing that has grown with the ad­vent of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and the abil­ity to see re­sults al­most in­stantly. I en­joy see­ing a wellex­e­cuted long ex­po­sure: it can turn a scene into some­thing ex­tra spe­cial.

To re­ally try to an­swer your ques­tion, I think you have to con­sider how shooting the same scene at a fast or a slow ex­po­sure will change the ap­pear­ance and mood of the re­sult­ing photo. A long ex­po­sure, which for me is any­thing longer than you can hand­hold with­out high risk of cam­era shake, has a more peace­ful feel­ing about it.

If you look at the two shots here of the same scene, you can see what I mean. The long ex­po­sure of 30 sec­onds makes the sea feel calm and tran­quil – but as you can see from the shorter-ex­po­sure im­age of 1/60 sec, it was any­thing but. The change in mood and drama be­tween the two is quite dis­tinct. In the short ex­po­sure, the sea seems pow­er­ful and even a lit­tle threat­en­ing. When­ever you make a cre­ative choice like this, it’s worth think­ing about the out­come, and what the dif­fer­ent pos­si­ble ex­po­sures would bring to the out­come. It’s also worth re­mem­ber­ing that the longer the ex­po­sure, the more the wa­ter will blur; so if you want to re­tain some de­tail in waves, it’s worth ex­per­i­ment­ing with the length of your ex­po­sures to find the right bal­ance.

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