Long Exposure Flower

Although you can’t really tell….

Long Exposure Flower

2.0 sec at f4.0, ISO 200
Raynox DCR-250 Macro Adapter
Edited inLightroom

Why did I do a long exposure if you can’t really tell?

The answer is “car trouble”.

A I posted on my twitter, @korinekphoto, yesterday I ran into a bit of “car trouble”. The trouble was less about the car, and more about me leaving the lights on and draining the battery (for the second day in a row….). It has been raining the past two days and I’ve had my lights on for safety, but haven’t remembered or noticed they’re on when I leave the car.

How did “car trouble” cause me to do a long exposure photograph? Well the answer to that is that I didn’t get home until about 7:30pm. At that time it was already getting dark, plus there was less light due to the heavy fog. I had to get out my tripod and have a long shutter speed just to get a proper exposure!!

Luckily there was absolutely no wind, so you can’t really tell that it was a 2 second exposure. I think I could do a long exposure of a flower in the wind to make some kind of artistic composition, but I was too tired to try something like that. Interestingly enough, the only thing I noticed in my long exposures was that the longer the shutter was open, the more of a colour cast the white balance added to the photo.

So it all ended up working out alright. I have to express my gratitude to my friend (and fellow photo enthusiast) Stew who was willing to drive down and give me a boost. Thanks Stew! 🙂

While I was waiting for Stew I did take a couple of other photos, but I did not have the Raynox Macro adapter, and I was too upset to fiddle around with the tripod. So I bumped up the ISO and used a larger aperture to get the following picture:

Rainy Grass


1/60 at f2.0, ISO400
Edited in Lightroom

Not bad for some late evening shots! 😛



9 Comments on “Long Exposure Flower”

  1. The first picture is quite beautiful. I purchased a Nikon D7000 a couple months ago along with three camera lenses—the 18-105, 55-300, and one in the ranges less than 18. Though a novice, my hope is to be able to capture images such as yours. It helps to see others use these such type lenses and take pictures with dramatic results. Kudos to you.

    • Matt Korinek says:

      Thank you! I’m happy with how it turned out as well. I’m sure you will be (are?) very happy with your D7000 purchase. I also know that you will be able to capture images as good and I’m sure even better than mine. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to move your feet rather than relying on zooming. This was probably the biggest lesson I learned when I first started! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. vk says:

    Good job! I can only imagine how frustrated you must have been – were you close to using your “angry face”? I hope not! Water drops on flowers are very pretty and these are BIG drops.

    • Matt Korinek says:

      I was more frustrated that I had done it two days in a row!!! 😛
      Yeah, I noticed that a lot of the flowers were holding much larger drops than I’m used to, but I do like the way they looked.

  3. They are some fine shots. The long exposure has added a vibrancy that may have been missing from a shorter shot. Nice work

    • Matt Korinek says:

      I appreciate your feedback! I actually found the photo of the flower to have too much saturation due to the long exposure so I pulled back on it quite a bit when I edited it. But I agree that having that saturation to work with in the first place is helpful!

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