SHORT Long Exposure VS LONG Long Exposure | Long Exposure Photography and Seascapes

the more I look at this light the more I
think is going to be tricky today the good thing though is that nobody else is
here I will need to be very creative in order
to try to make this video interesting for you but I have an idea as you can see the sky is pretty gray
because basically we are covered by the fog and since I drove two hours I
thought I will give it a try anyway usually if the spot that I’m going to
take picture of is not too far from where I parked I will park my car walk
to the spot check with my iPhone if I see some potential then get back to the
car get my gear get my tripod go back to the spot and I saw on those rocks that
are diving into the water some potential I always see some potential that’s the
truth let’s see if with this flat light we will be able to capture something
interesting let’s go so I saw this rock in the water I’m
thinking to do a couple of different long exposure one will be a shorter
around exposure where I will see the water relieving towards the sea creating
nice white stripes and leaving the eyes into the photo and one traditional
ethereal super long exposure where basically the rock would be floating
into a silky white water for this composition I will keep the
horizon in the middle of my frame and the rock to my left using a rule of
third technique 20 millimeter lens focusing on the rock which is possibly
about 12 feet from the camera in order to capture the wave with training into
the sea I will need possibly a one second exposure maybe three seconds
exposure I will need to do a few tests so I think I will start with the six
stops and the filter let’s see what happens I will use a polarizer because I can
take some reflecting light off the water it will also increase my exposure so the
six stops will become like a stops and magically my exposure
is now one second but I think I will need to add also three stops
nd grad the skies super bright it’s a little more balanced now 1.3
seconds exposure now I need to wait for the way to arrive and retrieve that did not work out at all I need a longer exposure so in order to have a longer exposure
I’ll take off the ending red take off the six stop get my 10 stops MD get my two stops back in again so I’m now at 20 seconds in order to
reduce my exposure that’s what I’m going to do
I will change my eyes Oh so from ISO 6400 to 100 and we are already at 13
seconds I won’t stop there 200 and I’m out six seconds and now from f8
I will go to F seven point one and I have five seconds I think five seconds
might work I bring everything in manual now five
seconds f seven point one ISO 210 stops in the polarizer three stops and the
grad soft edge the reason why I’m going back to manual is that I can easily then
change my shutter speed increasing or decreasing depending on the result so
let’s try the five-second the wave is coming in and as soon as actually that is going
back in the meanwhile I slightly changed my
composition as I want to give more emphasis to the water stripes retrieving
into the sea it takes a lot of patience because once you find the settings that
you like you will need to wait for the right wave there are shorter waves
longer waves and then you will fine-tune the exposure the length of your exposure
according to your taste and the results that you are getting and so that is what
I’ve been doing until now I will show you some different results with
different exposure lengths and different wave lengths I am done with a short longest poser and
I will start with a very long long exposure so I changed my composition
again just to make it a little less boring for you guys and I will also
change my neutral density filter the light didn’t change much as you can see
but right now because I changed my composition I have less sky in my photo
at f/8 I am 1 over 30 which we did 10 stops and the filter becomes a 30 second
exposure but I want a longer project so I will switch and put my 15 stops and
the filter I will need to attach my remote shutter release and also user an ende calculator app to
understand what is going to be the exposure of this photograph so with 1
over 30 and the 15 stops and the filter I have 16 minutes so this is not gonna
work I don’t want to wait here for 60 minutes so I will need to do a little
change which will be increased my eyes again noted 200 and I have 1 over 100 and with
1 over 100 I have about 5 minutes which wish my work
so I change the exposure at F 7.1 I have 1 over 125 it is exactly 4 minutes
exposure but I will make it 5 let’s give it a try so you might wonder
why I decided to increase my exposure and to 5 minutes even if my MD
calculator app was saying just for what the reason is that I like to expose my
picture to the right to move my histogram to the right as much as
possible without clipping of course so this is my attempt I want to be able to
retrieve details from the shadows without adding any noise these are five minutes exposure worked
very well at least looking at it on my display so I don’t think I need another
photo here the light is not going to change at this
point but it’s okay this is part of the process and part of the process of being
in nature is finding creatures like this majestic and beautiful and I don’t mind
for a one time to switch a beautiful sunset with some wildlife photography I
hope you like this video I hope that you like to spend time in nature I assure
you it’s always rewarding thanks for watching and I will see you in the next

74 Replies to “SHORT Long Exposure VS LONG Long Exposure | Long Exposure Photography and Seascapes”

  1. Loved that final long exposure image with the balance between the colour of the rock and the milkiness of the water

  2. A very nice video. Very useful for those starting out with long exposure. You show many of the common problems and how to work around them. And the images are beautiful. Lovely textural contrast.
    One thing I would add is that if you have a 10 stop but don't own or cannot afford a darker ND filter then simply take multiple Images and blend in post. Stacking 4 exposures will give the effect of a 12 stop ND for example. Just remember to switch off the in-camera noise reduction so there's no lag between shots. Best to using a median or mean stacking operator in post too
    Thanks for the video Attilio. Really enjoyed

  3. great explanation of process, thx a lot) landscape photography is not about taking shots and you shows it through your videos

  4. Bellissimo video come sempre. Mi piace perché è come se raccontassi una storia. Complimenti sei bravissimo. Naturalmente preferisco the long long exposure. Ciao Marco

  5. I kind a like both short and long exposures and I always enjoy watching you on YouTube and learning a lot from you and it’s helping me on my photography and thank you

  6. Thank you Attilio! Your channel is just getting better and better every week. 

    Question 1 – did you try portrait orientation? Just the rock(s), water and sky without silhouette in horizon? 
    Question 2 – do you have in your plans to do review about your "Photography Clothing" – your opinion and experience?

  7. Thank you again for your genius, I hope one to make the beautul photos like you but the Way is so long I think.

  8. hey 👋 Attilio , I like the long short exposure video especially because of your good explanation , your step by step approach. This by far one ☝️ if you best videos for me . Your approach in making not the best location & or lighting condition to a good if not great 👍 image . Nice 👍 job . I loved it . Thanks!!!!

  9. Am I the only one here to wonder why you didn't show us the wildlife photograph that you took. Pretty sure that you took the photograph of the two animals fighting each other. It looked so compelling to me even in the video…

    Great place to be.. Always a great admirer of your work and the joy of being in the nature, enjoying it. Truly amazing. Keep inspiring fellows like me.. Love from India.. 😍😍

  10. Attilio, when I see your ethereal image I always fall short of words to express, how beautiful they are and how your passion and commitment reflects in your photographs. Honestly, your passion is contagious & pushes people like us to step out and take some photos and learn from your rich experience and put some to practice. Heartfelt thanks for always talking time to create content for us, keeping us in mind. Thank you is a very small word.

  11. Wonderful video Attilio, I do prefer long long exposure but in this case I think the short exposure works very well with the waves. Just a question: did you do any focus stacking for the rock in bottom left corner of the picture or you just put the focus on the rock surrounded by water? Thanks and ciao!

  12. This is great Attilio. I think we share the same generally foggy stretch of coast to some degree so this is especially relevant to me. Playing with long exposures along the coast is a great way to salvage a cold and grimm looking day!

  13. Grandissimo video Attilio , come sempre. Amo il tuo stile fotografico e grazie ai tuoi video sto imparando un sacco di cose visto che è da poco che ho iniziato con questa "DROGA" che è la fotografia 🙂 . Complimenti ancora!

  14. I’m not a big fan of long exposure. Just my taste. Did you think of taking one to freeze the sea receding? Some of the b roll looked stunning

  15. Hi Attilio, great video. Thanks for talking us through your thought process while taking long exposure shots. Very informative and also reassuring that even you don't get the picture you are expecting first time every time. Do you have a recommendation as to what ND and ND Grad filters a budding long exposure photographer should have in his/her bag as a minimum? (ignoring post processing techniques). Cheers. 🙂

  16. Attilio, absolutely fabulous. A suggestion. With all the ridiculous "reality" shows out there, why can't there be one about photography challenges with you as the host and have something entertaining that actually educates people…you're in CA, ya gotta know somebody!! Thanks for all you do.

  17. Great explanation and comparison between short long and long long exposures, soundtrack also fits the video very well. Congratulations!

  18. Another brilliantly composed and explained vlog Attilio Thankyou. On your final image have you, besides the 5 minute exposure done anything in LR to make the sky and sea look so milky. Thankyou for the educational vlogs as always 📸👍🇬🇧🤓💯💥

  19. Thanks
    Attilio Ruffo, love the 7 seconds and the long exposure ones. Def inspired me but still learning with my starter lens. What would you recommend for Canon Crop for wide angle? Thanks man.

  20. Bel video complimenti, proprio oggi sono stato a torre del lago,sul lago di massasciuccoli, a fare qualche lunga esposizione con la mia D810, ovviamente ho usato un filtro nd1000.
    Secondo me non c’è nulla di più rilassante che stare nella natura e fare qualche foto…
    Alla prox e grazie per i tuoi spunti

  21. that long – long exposure is stuning! Congrats! i got to invest some Money in some good ND filters! Thank you for the vídeo Attilio!

  22. Thank you for a fabulous educational video! This is the realty of going into our natural surroundings and finding the conditions not really favorable for most photographers. Instead you show us how to adapt and make the very best out of a mediocre situation. And…instead you still deliver with fine art long exposures for print. You are a great teacher and have a wonderful philosophy of our world’s environment. Please keep teaching us on your channel.

  23. I'm generally a short long exposure girl, but after seeing this, I really like both! I guess it depends on what I'm photographing. Grazie, Attilio!

  24. Thank you for another great video. Your instruction regarding the filters ISO and shutter speed was was very well done.

  25. I liked both the short and long long exposures – its amazing the differences that slight shutter speed changes can make in the short/long ones. I appreciate seeing those differences so this was an excellent instructional vlog. Thanks. I have to say though that the long/long shot was captivating!

  26. Great video! I’m pretty sure I know where you shot this and would love to see what you’d come back with if you went up north just a little further to the Jenner area — those rocky beaches are insane!

  27. Wonderful. 🙂 Question: How much time did you spend on location to get these shots? I need to explain to someone that finding a composition, creating your vision, takes time and commitment.

  28. What filter holder do you use ? I like how easy you can remove and replace it. Mine is a chore .. Great video. Thanks

  29. Hi attilio that was a great video more of these comparisons videos on different exposure lengths would be great! As this video was really interesting mate! Keep up the great work!

  30. I love both your short and long exposure. Am I correct to say that you compose your shot then judge how far to slide your graduated ND filter in the holder when using the polarizer filter and 6, 10 or 15 stop ND filter?

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