Second day of learning how to do landscapes. I think I must be the last person in the world to try long-exposure shots with water, so I arrived at the beach at 3.30 am with a lot of enthusiasm but not much of a clue about how to take them. The first problem is that the moon had set hours before and I couldn't see much down the viewfinder, so I didn't realise there were bouys in the water until I looked at the pictures at home. I'm thinking that a good look at a prospective site the previous day would be useful
I learned that without local adjustment skills in PP, composition is less a creative decision for me, and much more to do with keeping unwanted elements outside of the crop. Natural beach items like seaweed and gulls can ruin a good long exposure shot . Sadly, seaweed will not flap away as obligingly as gulls will . no. 2 is cropped very badly at the top for this reason.
I like the effect of long-exposure shots, but probably won't do many, as I'd miss the challenge of trying to capture the endless variety of wave patterns.
I was hoping for a sunrise, but when the darkness cleared there was only one of those brief slashes of pink under the clouds then lots and lots of grey.
I'd be very grateful for C&C from anyone, regardless of experience. My judgement is poor when looking at my own photos and I need to know what works and what doesn't. I'm still more at the stage of trying out techniques than making pictures.
And three just for fun because sand fascinates me. Another lesson learned is that the more I love a subject, the less able I am to judge if it makes a good picture or not *Lots* of fun with Lightroom here
This time I took a solid tripod, remote, and torch (as advised) and am finally convinced that they're absolutely essential. I also learned how to slow down a bit and contemplate the scene before pressing the remote......well, most of the time