Week 8: Long Exposure

I’ve been looking forward to this week!  Long exposures are something I have dabbled with in the past, but by no means would I say I’m proficient in it. I’ve captured some successful images, like my week 1 photos for instance, but I’ve also failed miserably.  This past summer I dragged my poor cousin out to the beach in the middle of the night to try to capture some night/astro pics of this old WWII watch tower in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and just ended up with a bunch of black images and a sore hand from holding the shutter button down for about a total of an hour. I’ve since then invested in a cable release (yay!), and I hope to give astrophotography another try.  I remember how excited I was when I first got my camera that I would be able to take pictures of the stars, but haven’t been able to get them yet. Hopefully the weather participates through this weekend so I can give it another go. If not, I have some more ideas up my sleeves.  I also enjoy the play on lights with long exposures. Check out some images I snapped a two summers ago on my film camera. Glad these turned out — it’s always so nerve-racking waiting to develop my film when I’ve done experiment-ie things!  I don’t know what it is with the beach and long exposures, but these were all taken at Bethany Beach, DE, and the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.  Seems like when I get left alone at the beach, I get all nostalgic, and start looking for places which remind me of childhood to take pictures of.  I think it worked out well.  I’m glad it was a busy night for both locations, as I really enjoy all the people and objects becoming blurred over the long exposures.  Enjoy!

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