Capturing Motion in Landscapes

When capturing a landscape you need to take into consideration the environmental actions you want to encompass in your final image. Sometimes you may want to freeze a breaking wave on rocks and for this you would use a fast shutter speed. Whilst at other times you want to show the movement of the water, like this weeks image, by using a long shutter speed of anything from half a second to numerous seconds.

Week07-Woolgoolga Motion(Small)

There are many landscape locations that can be transformed with the use of long exposures.  If you come across a field of tall grass why not try a long exposure to capture the movement of the grass from the passing wind. The effect may not work every time, but keep on exploring and experimenting. This weeks shot was 1 of about 35 images taken. Always use a tripod and where possible use a cable release or make use of the cameras built-in timer.

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There are a few different ways of extending your exposure time when trying to take photos like this.

  • Use a low ISO setting. Not only will this reduce the noise in the image but it will also limit the amount of light entering your cameras sensor.
  • Use a small Aperture like f 19. When setting your aperture try not to use the smallest aperture on your lens like f 22 as this can reduce the sharpness of your final image.
  • Use an ND Filter. Neutral Density filters like my Tiffen ND 0.9 which will reduce the amount of light by 3 stops. For example without my 0.9 filter I may get an exposure time of a quarter of a second however with a 3 stop filter I can expose for 2 seconds.