…photographs by an American living in Ireland

Posts tagged “long exposure

Full moon over Galway Bay

The "super moon" is meant to rise tonight, but last night (18 March) the sky was bright and clear, and one must make hay whilst the moon shines! I'm glad I had my camera; today is cloudy and I don't think I'll get a clean shot at the moon tonight. After I got this shot in town, I went to a secluded beach on the outskirts and watched and listened. I had forgotten the headplate for my tripod, so I couldn't get any photographs (this photo represents a 24 second exposure) but in a way it was a gift. There is nothing as magical as listening to ocean waves under a big, bright moon. Sometimes I get so absorbed in taking the picture that I lose the moment. As long as it isn't raining, I think I'll go back again tonight. And this time I'll go prepared.


Making an impression

Trees through tall grasses.

Both of these photographs were made as long exposures with deliberate vertical movement of the camera to creat an impressionistic image. My homage to fine art and nature photographer William Neill. (Unlike Mr. Neill's approach, in the top photo gets its texture not just from the motion of the lens, but also from the grasses in the foreground.) These represent my first two attempts of this technique, and I don't think I'm quite there yet, but I'm pleased for a first go. I hadn't planned to try this technique while I was walking along the banks of the inlet of the Killary Fjord, but finding myself among the tall reeds and grasses I was inspired to try. It would have been more successful had I come into the field with my ND filters - they would have improved the colour, but I didn't want to tinker with them in PS - these are straight from the camera. It's something I look forward to working on as the spring flowers bloom and the fields will fill with wild irises, and a million other blooms. I'm interested to hear people's thoughts on these, on the technique, and on my execution. Please comment or send me an email. Thanks!