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Volcanic Coast by PictureElement Volcanic Coast by PictureElement
Cabo de Gata, Andalucia, Spain

The most exciting part of the south-eastern coastline of the natural park "Cabo de Gata-Nijar". This striking rock needle was spared by the erosion. Those rocks and cliffs are of volcanic origin.


Nikon D50
DX 18-55mm
GND 0.9
2.5 sec.
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fuzzy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Jaw-dropping !
Thanks for posting the camerawork info, very useful. I've been trying in vain for some time to produce slow shutter seascape shots but they are always over-exposed to the point of near white-out, even with my ND filter and exp comp to the max. You mention here that you use Aperture priority, may I ask what setting you use ? Am I doing the wrong thing using Shutter priority ?
Great photo, pleasure to view !
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008   Photographer
Thanks a lot mate! :)
Oh did I mention that?
I didn't get your point actually...I don't really rememeber what I've used for a setting for this shot. But in fact that doesn't matter. If I do it with aperture, shutter priority. The important thing is that you have to close the aperture when choosing a longer shutter.
So if you want to switch from 1/60 sec @ f8 to 1/50 you have to close the aperture to f7.1 to get the same exposure (e.g. -0.3). So every step you slow the shutter speed you also have to close the aperture one step to get the same amount of light into the lens.
Further in lots of opportunities you also have to balance the contrasts between foreground and sky. A sky with setting sun is always much brighter than the foreground. Since the camera can only capture a certain range of contrast the sky is very often overexposed or the foreground underexposed. You have to use a gradient ND filter which darkens the sky and balances the contrast.
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fuzzy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Thanks, I really appreciate the info. Think I need to start using full manual as I've been letting the camera choose the aperture. I wouldnt pretend to fully understand it all yet but its something to work on. many thanks !
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008   Photographer
You're welcome. Well but you don't need always to use manual. No one actually does I think. Sometimes it's just practical to use the priority modes. When using the priority mode the camera does exactly what I explained. You choose a wider aperture the camera slows the shutter ;)
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Brettc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Nice :)
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Brettc Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
very nice :)
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008   Photographer
thank you!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Featured [link] :-)
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korean-neighbour Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
I made a mistake on the link!
You can see your featured deviation here!
Sorry again for the mistake!

*korean-neighbour
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Photographer
never mind. Thanks a lot!!
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