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I went to Sandgate, QLD one afternoon to meet up with some members from the camera club to get some coffee and take some photos. I had an idea in mind to take some long exposure shots using my Hoya ND400 9 stop filter to create some images with lots of motion blur. We stopped at this concrete pier where the seagulls were gathering, I took some normal shots of the seagulls flying and landing but then decided it would look more interesting as a long exposure. I set up my camera on the tripod with my 70-200mm lens attached, pre focused and checked my exposure before attaching the ND400 filter. The original settings were 1/30sec at F18 ISO 100 and with the filter attached I managed to create 1 minute exposures at F18 ISO 100 rendering the water silky smooth and blurring the gulls making them seem like ghosts. I used a Hahnel Giga T Pro wireless remote to accurately set the exposure time to 1 minute as my camera will only set up to 30 seconds before going into bulb mode.

I am an enthusiast photographer based in Caboolture, my main passions are landscapes and wildlife, particularly birds. I have been involved in club photography since 2010 and am looking to further my skills in portraiture.

www.stuartcoxphotography.com

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