Sunsets – in slow motion
We quite often find ourselves at this place – ‘El Mirador del Fitu’ in Asturias, northern Spain. It’s a good place to start a walk, watch griffon vultures or just sit and gaze at the panoramic mountains and sea views.
I recently discovered an e-book about ‘long exposure photography’. And although I haven’t read this book in any depth (roughly meaning, I read 1 page, flicked around half a dozen more and haven’t got a clue!), it got me all fired up to try these techniques – as in straightaway … so we drove to said viewpoint and waited for the sunset.
I tried various camera settings in ‘manual’ and ‘shutter priority’ and experimented with long exposures, whilst panning the camera from left or right to create motion. I had no idea what I was doing but still enjoyed the process. It took a few shots to get the hang of it and produce something visible on the LCD display. The best results seem to be after sun down, with a lot less light. It would have to interesting to stay longer into the twilight but the wind suddenly picked up and it got chilly – and guess who had forgot to bring a jacket!?
Below are 3 images from our short evening excursion. All were taken from the same spot, with very little post-processing.
I will return to the book and study it some more, I’ve enjoyed the process and achieving different results from a familiar place. For those interested, it’s by Andrew S. Gibson “Slow: The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography”.