Over summer in Australia there is almost a sense of inevitability that a destructive cyclone will brew somewhere offshore and cross our coast creating havoc when it does. Last week one such cyclone had a brief moment off the Queensland coast before losing it’s foof and thankfully reducing back to “tropical low” status.
While it may not have been a cyclone when it made landfall on the southern part of Queensland, the storm surge produced was ferocious enough that most of the beaches for 250km up and down the coast were closed to swimmers and surfers.
At the “bottom end of the coast” into northern New South Wales is a small town called Fingal Heads so named for the headland that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Knowing that the waves would be crashing over the headland sounded like a photo op not to be missed 🙂
I decided I wanted some slow water over the vertical basalt rock formations so loaded up the gear and drove the hour down the coast. I have shared a couple of my favourite shots here for those who enjoy smooth water (and a couple of how to tips as well).
The trick to shooting long exposures during the day…
- Rule 1 with all long exposures, use a tripod to eliminate shake as much as possible
- Close the lens down (choose an aperture that is a big number) to limit the amount of light
- I used a ND400 filter as well (a 9 stop light reducing neutral density filter) and circular polariser
- Don’t fall in the water 😉