Long Exposure Summer

It takes a few days to embrace the summer holidays, I have all the photographic expectation brought by the freedom of time but sadly none of the energy. On these occasions there is only one location worth visiting and it has to be the old jetty at Oxford Island.

I have been here dozens of times to try new cameras, lenses and filters, it is the one place you know you will come away with something of interest.

I took both the 18mm and 35mm lenses. Using a 35mm lens for landscape work seems unusual especially given the X-Pro1 is a cropped sensor but I have found myself using ultra wide lenses less and less over the last few months.

Duck Beach

I used a mix of the lenses, ISO200 f16 and a mix of both T and Bulb mode. Using an ND10 filter all of the T mode captures were set at 20-30 seconds. In Bulb mode I pushed the exposures to 60 seconds although the light was particularly changeable from striking sunlight to very low light as the sun was shielded by the rain clouds.

The whole area is a great place to visit for energy-less photography. You can see more photos from the visit over in the X-Pro1 photos on flickr.


  1. Beautiful – as always!

    One question: As I have no experience with long time photography I’m not quite sure about the notation for the ND filter you mean:
    “ND 10X” – does it mean transmissibility of 10% = multiplication of shutter speed by 10?
    In your example (20–30 seconds) the speed without the filter would have been 2,5–3,0 seconds? Would be rather dark, talking in account ƒ/16 and ISO200!

    Thanks in advance and best regards

  2. @Holger Check out this post https://www.flixelpix.com/blog/how-to-take-long-exposure-photos-using-the-x-pro1/ you use add the ND10 If you find you need to go beyond 30 seconds there is the bulb mode on which I use the shutter cable.

    I think though 10 stops is 2^10 less light since each stop halves the light. 2^10 = 1024

    but to be honest it can be easier to start with f/16 and ISO200 and in T mode start with 20 seconds and work your way up to 30, if you find the images are not exposed well or the water isn’t smooth enough head to bulb mode. Most of the photos in this post https://www.flixelpix.com/featured/ballintoy-harbour/ were all 60-90 seconds.

    This post it was mid afternoon and very bright. You can work with the maths but often a few test shots can be a much easier process.

  3. Thanks David for your reply. I was just curious because the math did not match exactly. Anyway, I’ ll try out (with my M9) and will get the ND10 first.
    Thanks and regards

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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