Sunset trip to Solomon’s Island

Karl Barth

Posted February 17, 2013 in: Photo Trips 

Sometimes in photography things don’t always go as planned.  When that happens, you have to go to a Plan B.  That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, February 2 when the Calvert Photography Club met at Solomon’s Island, MD for its monthly trip.  The purpose of the trip was mainly to capture the sunset.  However, Mother Nature was not in a good mood again.

by Karl BarthNot only was it cold and cloudy, there was a chance of snow later in the evening.  Needless to say there was no sunset to shoot but all was not lost.  There was a Plan B.  Despite the cloudy conditions there was a great opportunity to work on long exposures along with shooting in black and white. 

The trip was also a great opportunity to learn from other photographers in the club even for me.  I am by no means a professional photographer but I’ve always wondered how photographers achieved a 4 or 30 minute exposure.  On several occasions, I have been able to create the blur effect when I slowed my shutter speed down but the exposure certainly didn’t last 4 minutes. 

by Karl BarthI took the opportunity to pick the brains of club president Jeff Smallwood and club member Reggie Bishop how they achieved long exposures.  I was surprised to learn they used neutral density filters specifically 10 stop density filters.  I thought it was a camera setting.  Thankfully I had a neutral density filter in my bag but it wasn’t a 10 stop filter.

I spent the rest of the trip using the filter and I was able to get those longer exposures.  I also used aperture priority mode.  Unfortunately I also discovered that using a higher aperture on my camera also created some unwanted “dirt.”  I didn’t realize it until I was looking at the pictures on my computer.  Another lesson learned.

While the weather didn’t cooperate it was great to see a good turnout for this trip.  I hope those that came were able to get some great shots and learn something new.

About Karl Barth - Karl is a husband and father of two kids. He loves photography and shooting whenever he can. He runs Karl Barth Photography. His site is


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