Instant Inspiration (16) – Dusk at the Ocean

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

Ocean Dreams | South Africa | 2015 | 1/4 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 1000 and 300mm focal length

In time for the weekend here is another edition of  “Instant Inspirations”, my series for you if you feel you suffer from “Photographer’s Block”  or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried. Or at least not recently. With Episode 15  I encourage you to keep the camera out after sunset, leveraging the low light to achieve  slow shutter speeds without the help of ND filters. But unlike in Episode 14, I leave the tripod at home because I want to combine motion blur with a bit of intentional camera movement (ICM) to create dreamy waterscapes at the wild coast of the Indian Ocean at Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa. For the how-to, more images and links to all previous editions of “Instant Inspirations” continue reading after the jump….

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/4 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 400 and 150mm focal length

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/6 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 400 and 150mm focal length

As long as you keep your shutter speeds around 1/6 seconds, you still get a lot of texture in the waves. Experiment with different focal lengths and vary the shutter speed. Shoot a lot and check results later.

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/2 sec @ f/6,7, ISO 1000 and 300mm focal length

If you further slow down the shutter speed to about half a second and at the same time shoot at the long range of your tele lens (these shots are at 600mm full frame equivalent) you get even less texture. It is a bit hit and miss, but a lot of fun playing around.

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/2 sec @ f/6,7, ISO 1000 and 300mm focal length

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/4 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 400 and 150mm focal length

The blurry horizontal line effects in the photos above and below you can obtain by shooting with the slow shutter speed and at the same time moving the camera horizontally across the horizon. Best technique is to move the cam, and while moving pressing the shutter.

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/2 sec @ f/6,7, ISO 1000 and 300mm focal length

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/320 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 1250 and 150mm focal length

A Dassie (Procavia capensis – looks like a coastal marmot, but is related to the elephants) observing the strange photographic endeavors.

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/4 sec @ f/9, ISO 400 and 150mm focal length

The above photo shows you how it really looked like at that magic dusk hour at the Storms River Mouth Beach in Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

Dusk at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park

1/25 sec @ f4,7 , ISO 800 and 14mm focal length

And thanks to my significant other I can show you even the “making of” these dreamy waterscapes of the Indian Ocean.

Camera for this shooting was the Olympus OM-D E-M1, lenses used the mZuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 travel zoom and the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 tele zoom. Remember, with m4/3 you have to multiply the stated focal lengths by 2 to get the full frame equivalent.

All photos were taken hand held, no tripod was used, as I intentionally wanted to have some camera movement to create those dreamy effects. No filters were used, the waning light of the day allowed for those slow shutter speeds.  Obviously, if you are at the coast during bright daylight, you can achieve similar results by using ND filters blocking out the light, but you need at least a big stopper (reducing the light hitting the sensor by 10 stops) for those slow speeds required.

There are really plenty possibilities to play with during dusk hour at the coast. Obviously it helps if you have lots of movement in the water. So if you live near a coastal area or next time you are doing a seaside vacation, don’t put the camera away after sunset and go after those dreamy waterscapes.

Most of all go out and have fun.

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

Related Posts:

Instant Inspiration (I) – Get Down Low

Instant Inspiration (2) – Motion Blur

Instant Inspiration (3) – Silhouettes

Instant Inspiration (4) – Juxtaposition

Instant Inspiration (5) – Puddle Shooting

Instant Inspiration (6) – Storefront Windows

Instant Inspiration (7) – ICM

Instant Inspiration (8) -Make a portrait of a stranger

Instant Inspiration (9) – Concert Photography

Instant Inspiration (10) – Nocturnal Skyline

Instant Inspiration (11) – Change of Perspective

Instant Inspiration (12) – Playfulness

Instant Inspiration (13)- Pictures in an Exhibition

Instant Inspiration (14) – Car Reflections

Instant Inspiration (15) – Long Exposure Waterscapes

 

41 comments

  1. Great Picture and Great Location too.. Really Appreciate your hard work and efforts. As an photographer i can understand how much efforts it takes to capture Landscapes and most importantly it should look natural and beautiful as well.. So thumbs up for your work and I am also an Photographer, if you would like to see my work then you can see at http://www.nitinkhanna.net and let me know how is it. I would love to hear from you. Thank you

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  2. Lovely shots Marcus The 5 top shots remind of Turner’s paintings. And remind my of the ocean and the beach – my favourite places, which I see far too little these days. Have a great week – whether you are flying miles or staying nearer to home. Louise

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  3. I lived in south Florida for nearly 20 years and love the ocean – particularly on a windy day at high tide. Your images capture the feelings I felt during those wonderful moments. Thank you. Steve

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  4. Your blog is really an inspiring source in photography. Congrats to your great photo selection. I would like to add still a river or lake where you can observe the waves, water reflections and contrasts. Keep going on your instant inspiration, Marcus.
    Have a splendid weekend.
    Stefan

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