UPDATE: Sorry about the videos. It seems if you delete a Google+ account, they also trash your YouTube vidoes. Stay classy Google.
Everyone following me on Instagram knows I've been exploring long exposure landscape photography. Largely new territory for me, so I thought I'd post a little bit about how it's been going.
All of these photos have been shot using my X-Pro 1. A terrific camera that I've enjoyed both as an everyday walk about camera and in this case a fully functional, high quality landscape camera.
What do you need?
Let's start with the basics. You'll need a camera, and a set of filters. You can use a screw-in filters, but I would recommend investing in a LEE filter system. What does that mean? You'll screw in an adapter here into your lens, then attach the holder. From there you can insert numerous filters and stack their effects. Here's what this looks like.
Being pretty new to all this, I thought the best thing to do would be to just experiment. Great Falls National Park in Washington DC provided a perfect location to do so.
Immediately you can see here, between the combination of REALLY high water and your's truly running the exposures too long I was losing detail in the river. Ended up looking like a cloud or something. Here is video.
Seeking some feedback on this issue, I asked brilliant landscape photographer Julian Calverley what he thought. He largely confirmed what I had been thinking, I was running the exposures too long, and that the LEE Big Stopper is useful at times but not something you should use on every shot.
This shot from the Lincoln Memorial is a perfect example of this. The sun was setting, I didn't need the Big stopper. As a result, I was running the exposure much longer than needed, while actually underexposing the image.