Blurred Coastal shots at Hunstanton


So I’m practicing what I preach and getting out there and having some fun with my camera too.

Ever since my friend Andy showed me pictures of blurred coastal scenes such as this I’ve fancied having a go.

I assumed I could stick my ND filter (like sunglasses) on, mount the camera on my tripod and open it up for long exposure… how wrong I was! My filter’s a 4x  strength which means it reduces the light by 2 f stops. and that just wasn’t enough.

So that’s fine and I’ll get more filters and be back but not wanting to waste the opportunity I thought I’d have a go at something else that caught my eye. Remember in my post on inspiration I mentioned 500px, and while I was looking on there for ‘blurred water’ I came across some that seemed to pan horizontally, like this one by Thomas Joekel. I realise they’re not going to be to everone’s taste but I really like them. So I slowed down my shutter to about 1/4 of a second and started panning. I experimented with different shutter speeds and speeds of my panning and got varied results.

Take a look at this selection.

Now I’ve clearly played with these final images a bit in post production but as I consider them more pieces of ‘art’ than accurate reproductions of scenery I think that’s fine. In this video I show you how I take the images from my camera and alter them with basic settings like saturation and colour balance. Remember this is the benefit of working in RAW, you have so much flexibility in post production.

So hopefully again, you’ll be inspired to have a go at this.

What kit do you need?

  • A tripod with a head that will let you pan
  • An ND filter if you plan to do this in full daylight
  • A shutter release cable (preferable not necessary)

Finally, please shoot in RAW as it will give you the best flexibility in post production without taking from the original image.