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by on Feb.13, 2016, under Life, Photography

Heading off the rocks and further around this little bay I was looking for some more interesting foreground interest to include in some vertical compositions. Where the rocks curve around to the west I can see these fantastic jangles covering the black rocks. By jangles I mean these bright golden yellow seaweed bundles. I’m pretty sure Gerry coined the term “jangles” but I’m stealing it here as it seems appropriate…

On my way around the rocks I spied these nice lichen covered rocks and coupled with the Lee LittleStopper to draw the exposure out to nearly five (5) minutes.

Griffith Dawn

Griffith Dawn

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 278 sec at f/16, ISO 200

Then it was time to see what I could do with those fantastic jangles…

Pro Tip: When shooting with moving water, timing the flow of the water and the waves is key and can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your final image. Here I have three identical compositions and the only real difference is the timing of “when” to take the image. Other factors could also make a difference. For instance the choice of Aperture which would affect the depth of field. More importantly the choice of shutter speed which would affect how “frozen” or sharp the water would look vs how stringy it might look (e.g. the last image) vs a smooth look (the middle) or even a very smooth or even misty look if I was to go with a really long exposure (e.g. 30 sec to 5+ minutes). The three images I’ve included below primarily show what a difference selecting “when” to start the exposure might make.

In this image I’ve waited till the water has calmed and it’s slowly being pulled out to sea. The jangles have been fully exposed and the little pool of water at my feet is still and you can see through to the sand and rocks below.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 2.5 sec at f/11, ISO 100

In this image I’ve waited till a large wave of water has surged in and is now pulling back out to sea. I’ve timed the shot so the water is lowish, the jangles are relatively exposed and the water is slowly being pulled back out to sea but before another wave comes surging in.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

In this image the timing is for when the water is at it’s peak surging towards me so I get maximal flows. Using a slowish but not too slow shutter speed enables me to get more texture and stringiness to the water.

Surging Light

Surging Light

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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