This image was made after the Bay of Fire image, once the sun had set below the horizon. Most of the other photographers that had been present had left the beach and packed up for the day. You never know quite what the light will be like after it has set and on some days the light just disappears rapidly. This day it just seemed to last for ages. I was using the same set up as before with a 0.6ND (2 stop) graduated filter on a 24 – 120mm lens. The exposure time for this was about 20 seconds which has blurred the clouds as they passed over. It is the shape of the clouds and the reflection that caught my eye with this scene. It is times like this when you really know if you totally understand your camera and vision.
I find that most people are held back in their photography because their camera still controls them. What I mean by this is that the camera is still a barrier between them and their photographic vision. They are too busy worring about how to alter functions , ad filters etc that they miss the shot. Most of the 1-2-1 tuition I do is regarding control of the camera and its settings. A lot of people have a camera that they do not know how to use, and may not even have the fundamental basic understanding of the relationship between aperture and shutter speed and the effects you can get by altering them.
It?is only in the last couple of years that my camera skills and photographic eye are finally in sync and as a result I have become more prolific and successful in my photography. I now am finding that I can pre plan my images much more that wondering around waiting for an image to appear before me.
How do you know if you are in control of your camera? Try and operate all the functions such as changing exposure mode, programme, exposure compensation etc. on your camera without taking it away from your eye. If you can do this you are nearly there!