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Boat trips can offer great potential for long exposure photography as I found recently on a holiday to beautiful Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
Holding the camera firmly to the handrail, I experimented with shutter speeds exceeding half a second and a range of apertures, mostly at the smaller end. To reduce light levels to allow the slower shutter speeds I used a variable ND filter.
I found that my preferred shutter speed was always less than two seconds as beyond this the details I needed to define the mood, e.g. good contrast on the surface of the water and the rise and fall of the waves, start to disappear.
Lighting conditions varied hugely with the time of day, some changeable weather and according to where I stood on the boat, resulting in a good range of tones and contrast in the images. As usual the polariser filter proved invaluable by reducing glare and reflections of the sky on the water.
I wasn’t aiming for pin sharp images due to the constant movements of the boat. I was really trying to capture, in an original way, something of the mysteries of water being moved across large spaces in beautiful surroundings.