Long Exposure Photography is Hard
When you have a hobby you don’t share with your spouse.
Long exposure photography is hard. But long exposure photography is harder on your marriage, if your spouse isn't into photography as well.
He drives you to a beautiful location, and you stroll hand in hand along the beach, until you spot a place where a picture wouldn't be a bad idea. Now, under normal circumstances, a "regular" person pulls out a smartphone and takes a picture. Ok, maybe two. Or even three: "Honey, smile!" Or a selfie or two. Sure. 5 minutes, tops. Phone goes back into the pocket, and off you go.
Now, let's play this again with two different people, one of whom is a "serious" photographer.
So, where were we? Oh yes, the stroll along the beach, until you get to a beautiful location where a picture wouldn't be a bad idea.
"Honey, I think I'd like to take a picture."
Out comes the tripod. Now to find a location for the tripod. Level it properly. Make sure there is a subject to take a picture of in the foreground. NO! NOT PEOPLE!! Are you nuts?? We don't want no people in our beautiful landscape. Relocate the tripod. Relocate again. Ok, now focus. Now mount a polarizer. And now the ND filter. 10 stop. Careful, don’t drop these expensive filters. Now the exposure. Let's keep it short, say, 3 minutes? Fine. Set camera to “bulb”, release the trigger and wait.
"HONEY!! DON'T TOUCH THE TRIPOD! Why don't you just wait over there. NOT THERE!! GET OUT OF MY FRAME!! Stay behind me, will ya?"
Picture is done. Looks ok. But let’s take another one, because this is highly technical and we need to make sure we got it right. And then lets change the location of the tripod again. You know, the area is just so beautiful.
45 minutes later when you finally declare that you’re done, you are lucky if your husband has left without you.