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    Posted: 26 June 2020 at 18:53
Earlier this week, we went to the beach around midnight. I know, not the usual time to go to the beach, but I'll show you why in an bit. It was a clear and warm night, just after the longest day.

#1 Empty deck


#2 Empty beach chairs


#3 Sea ghost?


#4 The boulevard and light house


But this is what we came for : Noctiluca (AKA: Sea sparkle or 'Zeevonk' in Dutch).
Not easy to capture, but these are my best attemtps

#5 Noctilica 1


#6 Noctilica 2


#7 Noctilica 3


#8 I wasn't the only one trying to capture these fascinating lighting blue waves


All with A99ii + 24-70 ZA SSM or Sony 1.4/50mm

C&C welcome as usual and thanks for looking


Edited by Fred_S - 26 June 2020 at 21:14
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2020 at 21:05
great venture, Fred! what better things to do in the dead of night?
LOVE the results! esp. + the WA FX!

still HIGH on my bucket list... (pref. + ND, trial/error, but not sure if that w/b a good idea?).
in the past we went swimming when the sea was 'lighting'!
which was brilliant... (except for the -many- times the very 1st scene of Jaws came to mind while jumping into the sea at night ).
but mesmerizing while in the middle of a very calm Atlantic ocean once with our ship surrounded by (bow)waves lighting up, sheer magic!


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beautiful shots Fred. I will have a good reason for a beach vacation next summer.
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Very nice Fred, good to see Egmond again and I've never seen Noctiluca in the 13 years we were there in the summer. I especially like 6 and 7 with the lights at the horizon and the colours of the sky which give these photo's an extra touch. TFS.
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Great series Fred. I actually like #2 and 3. #2 because it is a little lighter than in the later shots, but also the feel the beach has been abandoned. As if there can only be joy during the hot sun. Ha. #3 is nice because of the movement in the photo. Which shows fun .
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Thanks all for the kind comments!

@angora: No need to bring a ND filter, it's dark really dark already when you can see the sparkle best. Quite a challenge with ISO, shutter speed etc....

@MichelvA: #2 and 3 were actually much darker in real. Had to push them a bit to show some content and colour.
 



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Aha, in that case i prefer "the manipulated exposure". Well done Fred.
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So did I . Thanks Michele!
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THX Fred! as far as exposure is concerned a flashgun w/b more appropriate (but unfortunally not! ) than ND filters? I meant that I was wondering what strange 'silky' long exposure light FX c/b obtained when using ND filters while the waves are rolling in, but probably a stupid idea.
(I grew up with the beach as our front garden and the sea as our view, remember? ;-) (or didn't I mention that once or twice? ). and later on, lived at a 2 minutes distance. in between, we often went to the beach(es) on hot summer nights and so many parties. I know when and where it occurs -and when it doesn't- ).

tricky stuff indeed!
and therefore salute you for your heroic and successful attempt!
do share your recipes pls?

(and from frustration- imagine standing on the bridge of a moving ship, completely surrounded by lighting waves. magical! wondering how on e. to capture that on -100 or 200 iso- film. ).

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Ine, I am afraid with an ND filter the blue waves are washed out too much and not much is left of them.

#5 was an attempt to catch what we saw at f1.4, ISO12800, 1/30 sec (handheld since my daughter decided to borrow my tripod ).
#6 and 6 were at f2.5 Iso 3200 and 5 or 6 seconds, obiously ON a tripod.
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To give you an idea, this is a 30sec shot at f8, iso400. No waves or sparkle at all....





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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2020 at 21:23
Hi Fred,

Thanks for sharing these - I'll have to go out and see if the waves coming in locally have this effect.

I recall many, many (many...) years ago when I worked in North Wales that we were called out to our labs to help the local Police that had received reports of the water 'glowing' like this; as we were not far from a Nuclear power plant they were concerned that it was related to them (someone even commented that they have been 'burnt' collecting the sample ) Needless to say, we had a very busy night proving it was completely natural and harmless....

Great shots though and something very different for us to try and see ourselves.

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TYSM Fred! really appreciate!
hmm, was thinking ND + darker conditions, but guess you're right, it's blending in rather nicely? perhaps when you aim at the spot where the waves are constantly breaking?
LOVE what you captured in #5, (a 'great' display of noise ), but that orange glow in the sky adds so much!   
you forgot to include noctilucent clouds. (wouldn't that have been something... ).

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

I recall many, many (many...) years ago when I worked in North Wales that we were called out to our labs to help the local Police that had received reports of the water 'glowing' like this; as we were not far from a Nuclear power plant they were concerned that it was related to them (someone even commented that they have been 'burnt' collecting the sample )

funnyyyyyyyyyyy!!! LOL
and to make it a bit worse... after the show the dying glowing algae are known to emit a nasty smell!
-but I've never smelled it, suppose you'll have to be very close to the water? -.

(when you go look for lighting waves, wait for 'tropical' nights? the event is quite rare actually, unless the weather (AND water) is REALLY warm. and calm.
on nights like that, you know it'll be there.
you also have to turn on the light. ;-) it's in the movement. in the breaking waves or in the water around you should you go for a swim. ).

PS? conc. the 'burned' people - masses of these dying luminescent algae, thus after the show/i.e. the next day?, can cause irritations of the skin (and respiratory tract). they must have been so scared!


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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

TYSM Fred! really appreciate!
hmm, was thinking ND + darker conditions, but guess you're right, it's blending in rather nicely? perhaps when you aim at the spot where the waves are constantly breaking?
LOVE what you captured in #5, (a 'great' display of noise ), but that orange glow in the sky adds so much!   
you forgot to include noctilucent clouds. (wouldn't that have been something... ).

Thanks Ine. Combining clouds with waves would be great! (Maybe the sky replacement tool in Luninar can do the trick )



Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


(when you go look for lighting waves, wait for 'tropical' nights? the event is quite rare actually, unless the weather (AND water) is REALLY warm. and calm.
on nights like that, you know it'll be there.
you also have to turn on the light. ;-) it's in the movement. in the breaking waves or in the water around you should you go for a swim. ).

Exactly !
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