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Whispering waves

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I found myself in Newcastle Co Down the other evening, on a beautiful clear night. Down onto the beach I went for some long exposure shots of the water. As I don't (as yet) own any ND filters, I can only shoot these kinds of shots in the dark.

 

Although I'm quite happy with the overall result, I am looking for some advice. I used my 50mm f1.8 lens, but had the aperture down at its smallest setting to try to get the largest dof (I shot on manual mode and set the shutter speed accordingly to around 25 seconds). This wee lens is manual focus only, and I set it on infinity.

 

With these settings, the middle ground and background are fine, but the stones in the foreground just weren't quite as sharp as I've seen in similar shots by others. I cropped the stones off this shot, but you can see them in the comments box below in another crop of the same picture. It's a shame they had to go, as they were lit by those lovely purple/blue lights along the front!

 

So, my flickrino buddies, anyone out there with any tips as to how I could improve my technique (especially as I'm hopeful Santa might be bringing me a little something that would allow me to have a go at these kinds of shots during the daylight...!!)

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Taken on December 1, 2011