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One of my passions besides Black and White Landscapes is concert photography. While it can be very challenging I’m always striving to improve. I managed to capture this moment in awful lighting conditions at the deafheaven show in Providence, Rhode Island last night. After dropping it into LR I learned a lot about what I could have done differently to improve the photo. ie: camera settings, aperture, shutter speed, ect. While it can be frustrating, keep at it and learn from your experiences.
Hey there! As you all know that long exposure photography is some of my favorite. It’s a tricky technique that takes a lot of trail and error but once you get down the basics you can capture some really exciting images. I just read a really cool “easy” 8 step process article to long exposures and I wanted to share it all with you. Here’s the article below originally uploaded by Joop.
“I love long exposures. The motion blur and sometimes unpredictable results are fascinating. I want to share some tips in order to shoot great long exposure shots.
1. Clean your sensor
Make sure you clean your sensor before going out. With the use of small apertures (see further), you’ll all sensor spots. Without cleaning there will be a lot of Photoshop post-processing to clean up the photo.
2. Check your batteries
We’re talking about long exposures, that can take seconds, minutes of even an hour. I shot photos with 30 minutes exposure. So charged batteries are a must and spare batteries as well.
3. Carry your tripod
With the long exposures, you can’t do without a tripod. In windy conditions you need a firm and sturdy one. Make sure the tripod stands still and use your camera bag for extra weight.
4. Grab your filters
Everything that holds back the light will do. Circular polarizers reduce two stops of light. There are all kinds of Neutral Density filters. But for this particular photo, I used a Hoya ND 400, which holds back 10 stops of light.
5. Get the longest exposure
Set the camera ISO to the lowest value possible (e.g. 50 or 100) and set the aperture to the smallest setting (e.g. f/22). With these settings we’ll get the maximum exposure possible.
6. Use the Bulb Mode
Set your camera to bulb mode. Most cameras have a maximum exposure of 30 seconds in other modes. With the bulb mode you can go beyond 30 seconds and choose your own exposure length.
7. Use a Remote Control
To get pin sharp results, you need a remote control, so you don’t have to touch your camera during the exposure.
8. Enjoy the view
During the exposure you have all the time to enjoy the view and explore the surroundings for next exposures. ”
I also wanted to add a few things that I felt worked really well too. Bring a black card so depending on where the sun is you can shield it from your lens and filter. You want to block out as much light as possible from the lens, ND filter, and camera. I’ve also picked up a black plastic view finder cap off eBay for around $1.00 to block any light seeping in through your viewfinder. Your going to need some type of stop watch to calculate how long to hold the exposure for. I use my iPhone stopwatch (It’s free!).
When I start I first set up and take a test shot without my ND filter on and get the correct settings and exposure for the scene. Next I figure how many stops I’ll have to go down to capture the correct exposure. I’m lucky that my Lee Big Stopper comes with a chart so I can easily do the conversion. Depending on your ND filter you’ll need to figure the math on how many stops to go down for the correct exposure. If you don’t have a chart with your ND filter there are charts online that you can download for free just Google ” Long exposure charts”. After you’ve gotten all your correct settings and your camera is ready slide on your ND filter, set your autofocus to manual (lens at infinity), and shoot!
I’ve been hearing out these sunflower fields about 30 minutes from where I live so I took a ride out to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold, CT this afternoon to investigate. I got to the farm around 1:30 and unloaded my gear. I didn’t shoot much just mostly walked around to explore the layout and scout photograph opportunities. After about 30 minutes or so I started saying to myself “Damn, it’s hot” … It was hot, very hot. I didn’t realize how hot and humid it was until I looked down and my grey shirt was soaked through to the bone. I’m usually pretty good about stay hydrated I just wasn’t feeling very well so I decided to pack up my gear and head out. I did however manage to capture a few shots and I tried a new technique in Photoshop today (Selective Color). As you know I’m 99.9% a black and white photographer but I wanted to challenge myself with something new.
Here’s a great link to help out with this technique: http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/selective-coloring
After I finished the selective color process I brought the TIFF file into Color Efex Pro to do some final touch up.
I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. What do you think?
Tonight I ventured down to the boardwalk in Niantic, CT just overlooking the edge of the ocean to get a few snapshots of the Supermoon. I was lucky that I was the only shooter and I didn’t have to fight for a spot to stand. The moon rose up perfectly in between the radio towers just over the factory in the distance. Unfortunately I don’t have a 70-200mm to capture that type of shot which would have been perfect but I decided to shot wide open instead at 24mm with my Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 to capture most of the scene. As you know I don’t shoot a lot of color anymore but I thought this photo would be to beautiful not to share it with you all . The settings for this shot are: Nikon D610, Tamron 24mm-70mm @ 24mm, F8, ISO 100 @ 10 seconds. I used the 10 second exposure to smooth out the water a bit that’s why the moon does appear as sharp as it should. I actually like the shot. What do you think? B~
As some of you might not know I relocated to Connecticut from Massachusetts about 7 months ago to take a promotion with my company. To be honest it’s been a very difficult transition for me thus far. Moving away from everything familiar…. Places, faces, friends… and not having any type of social life at the moment has been a bit depressing. But with all the craziness I’ve found a bit of good in this whole situation. I found that Connecticut has a beautiful booming ocean front. I’m fortune enough to live very close to the shoreline and it’s opened many opportunities for me to get out on my days off and photograph the surrounding area. Some of my favorite spots that I’ve discovered along my ventures are: Ocean Beach Park in New London, Fort Trumbull in New London, Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Harkness State Park in Waterford, the DEP dock in Old Lyme, and Mystic Seaport in Mystic. While my personal life has been a bit of a drag i’m very thankful that I have my photography, it keeps me creative and sane. When your feeling down or depressed make sure you have some type of outlet to keep your mind off the little things. Don’t sweat the small stuff as things will come around. Take a moment to breath, enjoy your hobby, and find happiness in your work. B~
My name is Brian Bardsley and I am a Black and White Fine-Art photographer from Attleboro, Massachusetts now residing in East Lyme, Connecticut.
Growing up I always had a camera in my hand and a fascination with photography. I’m moved by powerful landscapes, black and white photography, and architectural structures.
My photographic mission is to search for the power and beauty in a photograph through lighting and shadows to leave everlasting impressions inside of you.