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Long Exposure - False Creek

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 8:30 PM
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There is a strong interest in doing more long exposure photography events. And now that summer is here and the weather is nicer it is time to shoot.

Whether you are experienced in long-exposure or just getting started, come out and explore what is possible as the skies darken and shutter speeds lengthen.

Feel free to try different approaches to long exposure.  At False Creek there will be lots of opportunities to try long exposure with lights, water, people walking (along the sea wall), abstract, etc. I'll provide some examples of different long exposure shots.


The Walk-About

Meet at Science World near the front.  There I'll go over a few tips for capturing long exposure. After that we'll find our spots and start capturing.  Afterwards, at 10:30pm we’ll regroup.  Then we’ll head to the Tap and Barrel for a post-meet up chat.  And for those that want to stay out, keep warm!  Remember – feel free to come a bit earlier or stay a bit later, whatever fits your schedule and photographic needs.  If you know you’ll be coming later, just note it in the comments.

What to Bring

A tripod or some way to stabilize your camera while taking long exposures.  Natural density filters allow you to increase you shutter speed while it is still light at.  Remote shutter release is very helpful in these types of shoots.

Times

Golden Hour: 8:03pm

Sunset: 9:21pm

Blue Hour: 9:39-10:34pm

 

The Aim
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide.
If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.

 

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

 

Photographic Ideas & Tips

Tips

8 Tips for Long Exposure Photography

An In-Depth Guide to Long Exposure Water Photography

-The key with long exposures is adjust your low ISO/aperture in order to increase the shutter speed

-If you have a neutral density filter, it allows you to take longer exposures while it is still bright out. ND2 reduces light by 1 stop; ND4 = 2 stops; ND8 = 3 stops; ND16 = 4 stops

-Polarizing filters can help remove the shine or glare caused by water and its reflections and can effectively block ~1 stop

-If you don’t have a remote, you can use your timer function which allows you to reduce the movement caused by releasing the shutter button

-Using bulb mode allows you to use longer exposures outside your cameras preset shutter speeds.  This is where a remote comes in handy.

-If you have an automatic or bridge camera, there are various ways to shoot with a longer exposure time, the key is to understand how your camera works.

-Take the time to think about the composition and what essence you are trying to capture.

-Be creative, experiment, and have fun!

Ideas

-Lights at night

-Water and its reflections

-The cityscape

-The bridges, stadium and Science World

-Blurred motion of seawall walkers

-Movements of the clouds (if there is a wind)

Examples

Landscape/Seascape Example

People in Motion Example

Abstract Example

Zoom with Long Exposure Example

 

15sec; ISO 100; 28mm

 

0.5sec; ISO200; 5mm

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  • Hella

    What is a flickr group?

    July 2, 2013

  • Carissa

    If posting to the Flickr group, please use this flickr tag "[masked]_falsecreek"

    July 2, 2013

  • Hella

    Gorgeous photos everyone :-)

    July 2, 2013

  • Carissa

    And the Giro di Burnaby Thu July 11 @5pm is the day after the Gastwon http://girodiburnaby.com/

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still wanting to learn how to correctly use the ND filters I bought.

    June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tried a few but not happy with the process. In Manual setting it appears the camera is still wanting to control. The filters are of poor quality seemingly , but I have yet to do any processing. I was exhausted after a long day and successfully got back to Skytrain ahead of the "wave of teenyboppers". Actually , I did not think this term was still in use.... ;-).

      2 · June 30, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Probably not -- that just puts me past the best before date. :)

      June 30, 2013

  • Confusion C.

    I took myself off the list as well. I'm just too exhausted.

    June 29, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Great venue. Would be great to find quieter places to eat and visit after these things. Thanks all!

    June 30, 2013

  • Peter H.

    If anyone else is taking the train home, the Taylor Swift concert has let out. AAAGH!!!! :)

    June 29, 2013

    • Peter H.

      'Tis a mighty river of teenie-boppers!

      June 29, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Can I still come if I can not squeeze in?

    2 · June 29, 2013

    • Jason H.

      I guess I will just come then

      June 29, 2013

  • sharon

    Hey all have fun tonight. I'm still on the wait list but have now made other plans. If I'm bumped to an 'attending', someone else please take my place. Happy Canada Day everyone!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Carissa

    Who is new to long exposure photography?

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Transit!! Right outside the door of the Science Centre!!

      June 29, 2013

    • Rob

      No problems finding parking for me!

      June 29, 2013

  • Joseph H.

    I am very sick today and therefore cannot go anywhere. I feel so bad that I have to cancel my rsvp tonight.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Hope I can squeeze in. From last times experience many people won't show up.

    June 28, 2013

  • kelly

    So excited to participate in this that I totally forgot that I'd be in Seattle! Have fun...see a lot of you on Monday at Canada Place

    June 27, 2013

  • Ryan H.

    Relatively green when it come to LEP.

    June 26, 2013

  • Joseph L.

    I am new.

    June 26, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    I'm sorry folks. I've just booked a trip to Victoria for the long weekend. I look forward to your LE photos and will catch up with you on another outing.

    June 26, 2013

  • Kerri-Jo

    ok, I am going but need to find a tripod - does someone else going have an extra one I could use for the meet up?

    June 25, 2013

    • Rob

      Hello Kerri-Jo, I may be able to help...

      June 25, 2013

    • Kerri-Jo

      that would be awesome!! thanks so much

      June 26, 2013

  • Carissa

    RSVPs fixed - now others can join :-)

    June 25, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Okay. Am on wait list now...

      June 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Do we need a tripod?

    June 25, 2013

    • Kerri-Jo

      yes, it would make a big difference!

      June 25, 2013

  • Stephen

    I was just out last weekend getting some shots of science world but would be up for doing some more!

    June 25, 2013

  • Peter H.

    I would like to RSVP, but it still says closed!

    June 25, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Sounds good. Please give us a bit of warning when choosing the date!

    June 24, 2013

  • Victor

    Interested. Depending on the evening! Blue hour photography!!!

    June 12, 2013

  • Sally W.

    Definitely interested.

    June 8, 2013

  • Berge S.

    This is always a tough one because when the days are shorter, you're always fighting with the good/bad weather but then as it gets closer to summer, the sun doesn't set until around 9pm or later as the summer wears on so tend to be a late evening meetup. I've got a good bit of experience with this so let me know if I can help when you pick a date!

    May 27, 2013

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