Using a slow shutter speed, aka as “dragging the shutter,” is a great way to shoot ocean waves and achieve a creative blur in nature and seascape photography. There are many ways to shoot creative photography, and this is just one of them. These images were shot early in the morning when I was shooting sunrise near the beautiful coastal town of Cambria on the Central Coast of California. I focused on the rocks in the foreground. Using a slow shutter speed, any movement will blur. I like to use the lowest ISO possible. On the Canon 5D,MII, it goes down to 50. For these images, I used a tripod. The aperture was at F14 and exposure at 1/6 sec. Using a tripod is a must and a mirror lock up is very helpful to avoid camera shake. It’s really fun because you never know exactly what the water will be like – sometimes silky, sometimes sharp and frozen. Use different shutter speeds and see what you can come up with. Living on the California Central Coast we have plenty of opportunity to shoot amazing nature and seascape photography with opportunities everywhere.
This image shot for 1 sec at F22 creates the look of more wispy waves as opposed to the sharp edged ones above.
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