My 3rd week shooting at Waialae Beach, the hight tide peaked at 4:15am at 2.2', WOW! If you look at the picture, slightly above the middle of the image was covered with dry sand the other week. There was a steady flow of water as the waves broke just to the right of the shore. I saw how the water was moving & positioned myself in the middle of the inlet, in the cold morning water, brrrrrrrr! My 1st 2 attempts at the long exposure was too short & the sky was way too bright. I immediately grabbed my Lee Little Stopper & the 4 stop ND medium grad & took a estimated guess, 235 second exposure, (4 minutes, give or take a few seconds) based on the 2 previous exposure with the foreground being too dark, knowing that I now have 6 stops on the water & 10 stops on the sky with the ND filters. Got lucky & captured this!
Shooting sunrise & standing in knee deep water, most of the time, doesn't give me much time to follow the "normal" protocols of calculating the exposure time based on a aperture reading & ND filters attached to my lens. On many occasions I get so frustrated when everything I try to do to get the exposure right just doesn't work! With the fustration out of the way, I've been doing this for nearly a year now, since I adopted the Lee Filter system & have been getting used to taking a guesstimate on how long I should set my timer. Haven't "nailed" it yet, maybe someday!?
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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