Late August, I had the opportunity to spend a day on the North coast of Brittany. Since I knew I was going to the beach, I thought it would be the perfect day to bring not only my camera, but also my tripod and my variable ND filter I just acquired, in order to take some few long exposure shots of the sea and its wave, although it was pretty calm that afternoon.
That was my first time doing serious long exposure shots like these, and I have to admit that I’m quite happy with the results. Of course, I did not invent or revolutionized anything, you’ve probably seen photographs like those hundreds of times while scrolling through your Flickr of 500px timeline. However, being given the fact that getting such pictures is quite technical, as it demands some special gear and a bit of practice, it was a great first experience, stressful though, since the tide was going up faster that I thought.
All shots required between 20″ and 25″ of exposition (30″ would have unusable I think) and I also had to get rid of a few stops in post-production.
I also decided to keep a few ones in color, although B&W looked really great, turning the sea into some kind of haze.