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Travel Landscape Photography Tips - Exposure

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LONG EXPOSURES
For fun I like to play around with longer exposures. The first image (above) is a 30 second exposure. You can do this on a bright sunny day by using a filter on your lens or at night without a filter.

10 Stop Solid ND Filter -  I used a BW 10 stop filter to get the top image. They are around $50-$100.

Tripod - Ideally a tripod is recommended. I actually forgot my tripod so set my camera up on a nearby pylon and used my lens hood to keep the camera upright and steady.

Focus First - once your camera is setup, focus the lens on the scene, then switch the lens to Manual Focus (MF). Then attach the filter. You cannot focus with the filter on because it is so dense you cannot see anything.


EVEN EXPOSURES

The light difference between the sky and the foreground can be greatly different. This means you will often get a correctly exposed foreground but there won't be any detail in the sky. I have two tips that I use that might be helpful for getting a better exposure.



















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Rustic Australian Countryside - The small town of Rylstone

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It happened. A rare weekend when I wasn't shooting for a client! So I threw the camera in the car and headed three hours out of Sydney to the Central Tablelands. 
I visited a friend's property, Lindoway, in Rylstone, a small town with a population of 615 people and at least 10 times that in sheep!


There are 65 sheep on Lindoway and this is as close as I could get as they are quite skittish. The leader sheep lets out a massive Baa (he tried to sound scary but Baa still sounds cute to me) then they all take off. 




Today is particularly warm 30 degrees celsius but it did cool considerably in the evening. 

There don't seem to be any mosquitos but the flies certainly make up for it. The great Aussie salute probably originated here! So many flies...

There are always jobs to do on a property and today one of them was to install the letterbox. A little reward to ourselves for our hard work was a little nature walk.

Sydney Harbour from Quay Restaurant

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Quay Restaurant is situated at the Ocean Liner terminal in Sydney Harbour. After dinner we went for a stroll upstairs and out onto the deck. The view is outstanding. I can understand why so many functions are held here.






Sydney Landscape - Super Moon Sunset

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I was super excited to wait on the rise of the Earth's Super Moon, this past Sunday. I watched the kids frolic in the warm autumn water and sand for some time and was beginning to worry that the headland was rather too far out and that we may have missed this once in a long while opportunity when all of a sudden it was there in all of it's full amazing glory!




 These images are all straight out of the camera, no Photoshop, no editing except for the following one which is two exposures (one slow and one fast) combined to get the soft waves. My sensor is completely filthy due to several recent shoots at beach and park locations, so don't look too closely or you will see loads of blobs! 

Nelson Bay - Peaceful Paradise

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You can read the full post here but in the meantime, here are a couple of the peaceful moments I captured this weekend at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, NSW.



Sydney Harbour Snap

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What a perfect Spring day to meet with my primary school friend, Jo. The Harbour was gleaming. Right before our coffee on the boardwalk at Circular Quay, I had a little chance to try out my new filter..