Hi Robin and The Jackeens
Fortunateley the camera stayed mostly dry, but my feet did get a bit wet!
What a good idea, I may just compose such a letter and make it a download from my website.
Okay, lets get technical on the photographs (those not interested can skip the rest of this post).
The 'Splash' photograph - 1/125 sec, f6.7, iso 400, Auto White Balance, evaluative metering. The shutter speed was enough to 'freeze' the water splash. I had just taken the filter off and the camera off the tripod and stepped forward to take the picture.
The second harbour photograph (which was taken first) - 1/3 sec, f22, iso 100, AWB, evaluative metering. The exposure is not very long as it was a dark day and I used a small aperture and a slow iso rating. This was enough to give a slight feeling of movement to the water. The camera was tripod mounted and I was also using a graduated neutral density filter to bring out the detail in the sky.
I have uploaded an example of a more dramatic long exposure taken from the side of the harbour - 6 seconds, f16, iso 100, AWB, evaluative metering, Cokin P.154 neutral density filter. The use of a small aperture and slow iso rating lengthen the exposure, but the ND filter (note NOT a 'graduated' filter) extended the exposure to 6 seconds. This gives the water the 'misty' effect.
I have uploaded another example taken on a bright sunny day. This required 3 ND filters to extend the exposure time to 13 seconds to get a simmilar effect.
Just so that you can see the diference this makes I have also uploaded an example taken during the same session where I wanted to 'freeze' the wave action - 1/125, f6.7, iso 400, AWB, evaluative metering, hand held (no tripod).
I hope that I have made this understandable.
I took about 140 photographs during the session (about 1 hour). I could not have afforded to do this with a film camera. Digital photography is not an excuse to be lazy and take so many photographs that one will work. It is an excuse to EXPERIMENT and to use your imagination.
There you go Roycruse - you will SAVE MONEY by buying a digital camera.
Best of luck.
Keith (auto bracketing) Hart