Day time long exposure with Lee Big Stopper

With my Friday afternoon free and my last job being at Sandgate, decided to head to Shorncliffe Pier to try some day time long exposures.

Armed with the Lee Big Stopper, Lee 0.6 ND filter and the Lee 0.6 Graduated filter I walked to the Pier and setup my tripod on the concrete just before the pier timber edge. Thought this was important to prevent camera shake from the never ending number of lunchtime joggers.

To hold the shutter open longer than the cameras maximum 30 seconds, I utilised the Alpine Labs Pulse remote trigger. This works via bluetooth in conjuction with an app on my phone.

I decided to go with the big stopper and the grad filter on my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II for the first shot and a 50mm Sigma Art lens for the second. I found it pretty hard to level the grad filter and position it correctly in the bright sun, but think I did ok, looking at the results.

| 70.0 sec | F/16 | 16mm | ISO 50 |

| 70.0 sec | F/16 | 16mm | ISO 50 |

Processed initially in Adobe Light Room CC, adjusting the usually general settings. I found there was quite a bit of vignetting which I removed manually through LR. I then exported to Adobe Photoshop CC to remove dust spots and perform colour correction using the Nike plugin. I usually decrease the opacity to my taste.

| 29.0 sec | F/16 | 50mm | ISO 50 |

| 29.0 sec | F/16 | 50mm | ISO 50 |

I really enjoyed taking these due to the fact there was no rush, the light wasn't going to change anytime soon, unlike sunrise or sunset. I could take my time with composition and calculating the exposure required. 

I can't wait to go out again and do some more day time long exposures.