Recently I have been captivated with long exposure photography. I have had little experience doing long exposures, most of which I have done in the past were done with smaller apertures and lower ISOs. Recognizing that I needed a neutral density filter, I recently acquired the B+W N D 3.0 1000x for my Fujifilm Finepix X100. The filter reduces exposures by 10X, meaning that one can do very long exposures with little trouble.
Focus is an issue. It is best done without the filter, and using the focus lock button which can be set to lock focus only. Once set, then add the filter.
And, this morning, despite heavy winds over Tampa Bay, I ventured down to the pier in Safety Harbor and made several long exposures. The sky wasn’t the best but I made do with what light there was.
Just prior to sunrise, I made the following three minute exposure, shooting at f/5.6 and ISO 200.
Just at sunrise, I tried this shot at f/16, 125 seconds, ISO 200. It is a tad hot, perhaps too much so, but this is about learning.
And, this shot, just as the sun broke through the clouds at 25 seconds, f/16, ISO 200. I could probably have used about another five seconds in this shot. Grumble.
Well, I have much to learn, and shooting long exposures in the wind isn’t a good idea. But, frankly, the Fujifilm Finepix X100 does long exposures very well. One will need a cable release to keep the shutter open while in Bulb mode and really sturdy tripod. The little camera will do the rest. When in Bulb mode, the camera opens a timer on the rear LCD panel, so one does not need a stop watch to keep track of how long the exposure is taking. This is a fabulous feature on the camera, one that is not mentioned in the manual.
I recommend that one enable noise reduction when shooting long exposures. My shots are virtually noise free even at three minutes.
BTW, did I say that I simply think the Fujifilm Finepix x100 is a great camera? What a joy to use it.