Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Long exposure shot from bridge in Balboa Park over 163 with San Diego skyline in the background

Practicing Shutter Speed

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Long exposure shot from bridge in Balboa Park over 163 with San Diego skyline in the background

This month’s lesson in Practice at Capture Your 365 is focusing on Shutter Speed. I knew I wanted to do a long exposure shot on the bridge at Balboa Park overlooking the 163, and it was perfect that it fit in with the daily prompt: Curve at CY365 that same day as well! Maybe next time I can head down to Gaslamp District (downtown San Diego – the skyline in the photo) and do some long exposure shots there – that’ll be fun!

Practice covers one subject, four ways each month for 12 months. We’re only two months in and the lessons are fabulous – you can still catch up! Check out the info here if you’re interested in learning more – I’m loving the lessons and the different ways of getting creative with my craft!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

UPDATE: Jeroen and Cardinal offered some good constructive criticism regarding the photo being a bit dark. I was intentionally focusing on the trailing lights and loved the color balance there. But their opinions as fellow respected bloggers and photographers made me take another look at my image. I played with the increasing the exposure a lot more in certain areas than others (I didn’t want the red trailing lights to become too pink), but here’s the updated image. Thanks Jeroen and Cardinal for offering your insights!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Long exposure shot from bridge in Balboa Park over 163 with San Diego skyline in the background

8 thoughts on “Practicing Shutter Speed

  1. Jeroen de Haan says:

    Hi Conny. Love your night photo. I like night photography a lot, it makes me think more about a picture and it’s composition and can be very Zen in a way. Again, I like your photo, with the curves and the skyline in the back. I hope you don’t mind but I would like to give you a tip. Your photo is quite dark (duh, it was night). But there is much more to see in the dark then your photo shows. My tip is to watch your histogram instead of the preview image on your camera. I opened your photo in Photoshop and gave this histogram: http://wp.me/a3cjSf-yq
    As you can see it leans to the left a lot and there is no detail now. If you exposed two stops longer the result is this: http://wp.me/a3cjSf-yq
    Now the skyline gets more body, the trees are visible and there is more detail around the road.

    So, my tip is, take a picture, check the histogram and adjust our exposure (or apature) to get the most out f it!

    Keep up the good work and showing your fine work!

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  2. Cardinal Guzman says:

    Playing with shutter speeds is fun. I’m a huge fan of long-exposure photos, but like Jeroen is mentioning above: the photo is a bit too dark. On the positive side the composition is perfect!

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