Friday, August 26, 2011

Longer Exposures

We had the good fortune to spend some time in upstate New York near the Catskill Mountains. Even though the I would have much preferred to see the fall colors, much rather have seen them, we settle for the greenery. As it turns out, the Catskill Mountains and the surrounding areas seem about 40 years or so past their prime.
I say this due to the many homes and businesses that were either closed up or in a condemned state.

That, however did not slow things up too much for taking photo's. Along one of the drives during a misty afternoon, Kelly and I came upon a Stony Creek. We pulled the car over as I wanted to grab some shots. I will admit that this was not the best time of day for this as I was hoping to get some shots of the river with longer exposures. 1:30 in the afternoon could not have been a worse time to shoot this scene. I had recently purchased a filter called the "Fader" which will help knock down some of the light getting into the scene, in order to gain a longer shutter speed. As it turned out, I was only able to bring a small and pretty unstable tripod with us on the trip. I had to keep jockeying for the right shutter speed for the scene and at the same time a short enough shutter speed to keep the tripod sturdy long enough to get a sharp image.

For the Color image above, the settings were; ISO 100 f/22 at 1/8 of a second.

For the Black & White image the camera settings were: ISO 100, f/29 at 1/10 of a second.

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