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Long Exposure – Silky Smooth Water


As part of my continued growth I attended a workshop with a meet-up group for the ever popular long-exposure photography, in daylight, which I’ve seen can produce amazing results. 

I couldn’t wait to start creating images with silky smooth water and clouds rushing across the sky. Yippee!

View of the Shard in London Bridge.

View of the Shard in London Bridge.

We practiced with using 10—stop neutral density LEE filters which, just for background information, works to block out light entering the camera.

I started off by composing the image without the filter in aperture priority (to get the correct light metering) and then added the filter and changed the setting to manual, and set the required exposure. I also used the lowest ISO – 100.

Long exposure photography


I played around with the shutter speed (between 30 seconds and using the BULB function – to be used if the shutter is held for longer than 30 seconds). The use of a tripod and shutter release are essential when doing long exposure photography as both pieces of equipment are vital in providing a sturdy platform.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much wind and movement in the clouds that day so I didn’t get the ‘clouds rushing across the sky’ look that I was hoping for, but still plodded along and made do with the weather conditions that we had.

Long exposure photography

I was able to make colour cast adjustments in photoshop as I shot the images using RAW. I’m still practising so would love to hear if you have any tips on ways to improve long-exposure photography.

Peace and love guys,




“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

— Dorothea Lange


Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

14 thoughts on “Long Exposure – Silky Smooth Water

  1. Wow, Sóla. Your images are STUNNING! I haven’t experimented at all with this technique, but now you have me dying to give it a try. Thank you for the mini-tutorial you included with your gorgeous images — and, as always, for continuing to inspire and teach me.

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    • I can’t thank you enough and totally appreciate your kind words Heather! This is exactly what I’ve been hoping my blog will do – to inspire others and be part of a community of like-minded individuals who share the same passion. I couldn’t be happier 🙂

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  2. Beautiful images Sola. Loved the close up of the water and gravestones??? Very spooky!

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  3. Beautiful pictures as always 🙂

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  4. Wow very Stunning Gallery just found you here.We Love you photos ❤
    lets friends here if you like our Dreams

    Toby & Anni

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  5. Beautiful and very inspiring work, Sóla! I’m eager to learn more from you, I’m your new follower! 🙂
    Best regards, Dina

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    • Hi there Dina! Thank you so much for getting in touch and I’m so happy you’re enjoying my images. I’m ever so sorry for the late reply but my latest post explains why I’ve been away for so long 🙂 I hope to see you here again soon x

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  6. Hi sóla, wow this second one is so beautiful.
    Regards Robert

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