I went to the beach a while ago to take a few night photos. I waited for a clear and starry night to avoid the haze and get nice and crisp images. The night was perfect; moonless, no haze, a few stars and no people. The below photo was my first photo that night. I took it an hour or so after the sunset. That’s how I got a bit of color in the sky and the long exposure gave me this silky smooth water surface and captured a little of movement of the stars. I also had a couple of small clouds moving across the sky and they started getting smooth and silky, too.
So, what do you need to capture beautiful smooth and silky water views at night?
1. Manual camera settings. You need to leave your shutter open for minutes at the time and the only way to do that is to use the manual mode on your camera.
- Shutter speed: My shutter speed was set to “bulb” and I kept the shutter open for 30 seconds.
- Aperture: If you want more of the scene in focus, go to f/11 or higher.
- ISO: Go as low as you can, mine was 100.
Good luck and let me know how your photo adventure turned out! :)