Creating Coastal, Long Exposure, Panoramic Images with the Nikon D850

Getting Inspired

Over the years I've visited Froward Point on the south Devon coast a few times.  Despite many attempts I've never really captured an image from that location that I'd really been happy with.  In fact, I'd just about given up on it as a location.

However, after being inspired by the work of another local photographer, I thought Froward Point might be worth another visit.  This time though, I would leave most of my gear behind, travel light, and wander along the coast path a bit more.  Rather than go back to the same spot I always end up going to, I would see what other viewpoints there might be.

Sure enough, as I walked along the coast path I got to see a view of rocks near Froward Point in a totally new way!  My creative brain got all excited by the new compositions that I could make photographs from.  For me, the scene instantly said that this coastal image would be a long exposure, and would be best suited to the panoramic format.  I even thought it would work best on a grey and overcast day.

With a clear vision of what I wanted to photograph, I just needed to return at the right time when I had the weather conditions were right and the tide was high.  Here is what happened when I did finally return:

As you'll have seen this video was a bit longer than normal, but I wanted to take you through my thought process, how I set up the camera, and how I eventually captured then printed the final image. 

So have you ever captured a coastal, long exposure, panoramic image before?  What photography techniques have you combined before?  Let me know in the comments below.

The Photographs

A Coastal Long Exposure Panorama - Froward Point, Devon:  Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 20 secs at f/11, ISO 64, Lee Filters Circular Polariser.  5 Image stitch.

On an Island - Froward Point, Devon:  Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 at 58 mm, 105 secs at f/6.3, ISO 64, Lee Filters Circular Polariser.  5 Image stitch.

Islands in the Blue - Froward Point, Devon:  Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 at 29 mm, 40 secs at f/11, ISO 64, Lee Filters Circular Polariser.