Djupalonssandur is a wonderful small pebbled beach, with a series of rocks of various forms emerging from the ocean. It can be found on the south western side of Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland.
I was particularly interested by the rock formations and the sea stacks. They immediately provided great elements for my composition. With the weather being overcast and rather grey, I decided to shoot some long exposures, hoping to blur out the clouds and water moving between the rocks.
The tide was lowish but I still had to watch out for sneaky waves, which can be very dangerous in this location. It was windy and every now and again showers threatened to move in right over me. I was forced to abandon a couple of exposures right in the middle because of the weather, however it managed to stay clear enough for one of them to go through all the way.
I had to wipe the filter once during the time that was required to take this photo. With long exposures though, you can get away with quickly wiping the lens if you are very swift and careful. No trace of it remained when the exposure was completed.
Shooting long exposures can be very rewarding and also very frustrating. When you get the setup right, results are spectacular. However, if you get it wrong or if the conditions change rapidly during the exposure, you have possibly used up a fair amount of shooting time for the exposure and for noise reduction frame to complete. This can often add up to between 10 to 15 minutes for a single frame. This is why extra planning and tests are needed to ensure that you make the most of the moment. I have often found that if I missed the first attempt, the conditions and light were completely different afterwards and not always suitable for the original vision.
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