Last year, while at the Oregon Coast, I attempted to take a long exposure of waves breaking over the rocks with a sunset in the background, like all of those cool photos I see on Tumblr! All I got was over-exposed shots of white with some dark spots. I tried Googling to figure out where I was going wrong and all I could find were directions on aperture and shutter speed settings, which I had been doing, correctly! A couple of weeks after I returned home, Amy (who reads my mind) sent me a message asking if I had an ND filter. Being clueless, as usual (note blog name), I said no and asked what it was. My jaw dropped… the answer to my problem!!
This past weekend I made a spur of the moment trip back to the coast. Of course, I wasn’t prepared, no ND filter (hey, I didn’t think I’d be going back, this year!). But not to fear, I went to a local camera shop there and over-paid for a variable ND filter!! The coolest thing I’ve ever seen (no, I don’t get out much)! I headed to Thor’s Well because my good friend Bud, had described how he would love to capture it with a sunset in the background. I thought, hmmm… this is my chance to test out this little piece of glass and at a great spot!
Sooo… here is my first attempt. Not as grandiose as some of the ones I’ve seen here. I probably should have overcame my fear of being sucked in and washed out to sea, and gotten a little closer. Instead, I climbed a hill (literally like a billy goat) and used my zoom to try to get the well and the sunset in one frame. All in all, it was a wonderful learning experience and the shot turned out to be pretty okay!
Thank you to Bud and Amy for being my inspiration, my cheerleaders and my mentors!! *BIG HUGS*