Beware of the sand

20th January 2017


It’s fairly obvious that I’m a big fan of long exposure shots. There are quite a few tripwires when it comes to shooting them, exposure, composition and the real clincher, keeping the damn camera rock solid. This one is only just over three minutes long, taken from a sandy beach, and there’s the problem. Despite letting my tripod settle in the sand, it’s still sand, so like all sand, however solid you think it is, it’s seldom solid enough. You probably can’t see it here, but there was evidently a very, very small shift, which at the level of 50 megapixels, you can’t get away with. The pole has the slightest blur messing up the edge and the barnacles on the rocks also give the game away. So be careful when shooting on sand!