Smooth Sunrise, Waves in Motion

Up at the crack of dawn and down for a pre-breakfast wander for some sunset photos down the beach.

I took the D810 with a long lens (70-200 f2.8) and decides to back the shutter speed off to 1/4 sec in an effort to capture the movement of the ocean.

Waves in slow motion over the rocks
Slow shutter creates the motion effect of the water’s movement in the waves.

When you pull the shutter speed down the effect of motion becomes prominent in your photographs.

These photos were taken handheld. It’s important to hold the camera very steady unless looking for another effect when reducing your cameras shutter speed.

This becomes even more important with a telephoto lens and far away subjects.

Camera Gear Used for the Sunset Seascape in Motion Photo

Camera Settings

  • Focal Length 200mm
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • ISO: 64

That’s a reasonably heavy set up so you’ll need to get solid footing steadying your elbows into your body while taking these types of photos.

Location: Between South and North Cronulla beaches, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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