Farewell Vestrahorn

Farewell Vestrahorn

I think it is time to say good bye to Stokksness for another month. Vestrahorn mountain always delvers some beautiful scenes and not to mention the interesting weather. Sometimes it can be like hell on Earth if you visit with high winds. Sometimes you don’t know how strong the winds are until you get out to Stokksnes.

When you have to balance the highlights in the sky with the shadows on the ground like a typical northern light show, the The Magic Cloth Photography Trick is a useful accessory to have in your pocket. The Magic Cloth Photography Trick is a a unique technique to expose a scene with high dynamic range.

Long exposure photo tips

Equipment:

Be sure to choose the right equipment for Long Exposure photography. A lens with a large= element is essential, I find things difficult with lenses lower than 58mm filter size. The larger the lens element, the truer the cloth shadow. Lenses can be too large, such as the Nikkor 14-24mm. For low light and night, this lens is fine, but dark filters for day time Long Exposure photography becomes complicated.
Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Long Exposure photography.

  • Simple features and manual mode
  • Fantastic live view can focus on stars!
  • Important features can be changed with external buttons and dials.
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are shooting.

Canon 5D  mark III Canon 5D mark III

sturdy Tripod:

I have to get down to the ground for foreground intimacy so quickly adjusting legs are definitely good features on your tripod. Set up your tripod to make it strong. Magic Cloth movements can cause vibrations. But, this is essential for fine art long exposure photography.

Try to avoid raising the center column unless it is absolutely essential. The center column is the weak spot of the system.

Sometimes your tripod has a hook under it, hang something from it to help with more sturdiness. Many professionals carry a special tripod bag that they can fill with stones to give a better strength which will support the tripod still – even in strong winds.


More Long Exposure photography info…

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Colour Jelly

Colour Jelly

This was mid January on a 3 day photo tour. We hit the beach about an hour before sunrise after a comfortable breakfast.

Nacreous Dawn

Nacreous Dawn

Nacreous clouds are difficult to expose. The trick here was under-exposure to make sure I didn’t loose any of the details and colours in the glowing cloud.

January Star

January Star

It was horrible conditions that brought about this beauty. We were sand blasted and windswept on the black sand beach, day 2 of a 3 day tour.

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