The end of last year meant it was time for my annual family visit to the Lakes, which is always a good opportunity for another adventure with my camera! In previous years I’d explored different places and wanted to do the same again this time (you can see my blogs here for 2016 and 2017).
I started off the week with a few photos of my surroundings to get my eye in…
…unfortunately after a nice first day it rained for most of the week, so going off on big walks wasn’t really an option! Not to be deterred, I was inspired to “go-with-the-flow” and make a switch by focusing on photographing water.
As I'd just bought a LEE Filter’s Big Stopper (which basically acts as a really dark set of sunglasses for a camera) I was able to experiment with taking photos at different shutter speeds, all the way from 1/2000 of a second to 8 minutes.
Combined with my Fuji X-T2 camera, setting long exposures was a breeze as there was no need for a shutter release cable or intervalometer to set the times as I was able to do it on the camera.
I’d already made a start photographing water on the first day at a waterfall near Skelwith Bridge, shooting a mixture of fast and slower shutter speeds. Faster speeds froze the movement into sharper looking photos, whereas slower speeds blurred the movement - for this first set I preferred the photos that froze the movement.
So that rounds out this week in the Lakes. Despite putting up with the cold and some rain I did find the long exposure photography to be enjoyable and relaxing. It’s a different approach; slower and more thoughtful. You get to create images that you can’t see with your own eye, so there’s some anticipation in waiting for the final image to appear and satisfaction when you’ve captured something interesting. I look forward to trying it out some more!
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