Long exposures in Dubrovnik

Back in April, after spending a week in Istanbul, I flew out to Croatia to join another cruise ship. I had to spend a night in Dubrovnik, which has a beautiful old town surrounded by high castle walls. I’ve only ever visited during the day, when it is packed with tourists, but now I had chance to explore when it stood empty.

I decided to try some long exposure photography, both in the streets, and at the sea. The smokey water effect is a nice one, but I’d never really experimented with it before. As the lighting faded, I tried out lots of different settings.

In this photo, the sun set a while before, but the still-visible clouds means it could pass for an overcast day. The problem here is that the water isn’t moving enough, so it looks fake, but not in a pleasing way.
In this photo, the sun set a while before, but the still-visible clouds means it could pass for an overcast day. The problem here is that the water isn't moving enough, so it looks fake, but not in a pleasing way.

The main street.
The main street.

Looking back at the castle.
Looking back at the castle.

Reflections of street lights add to the effect… though I got a bit wet in this spot.
Reflections of street lights add to the effect...  though I got a bit wet in this spot.

More smokey waves.
More smokey waves.

It’s right on the limit here, as the street lights are overpowering the remaining light from the sky.
It's right on the limit here, as the street lights are overpowering the remaining light from the sky.

A cathedral.
A cathedral.

Steps.
Steps.

Me.
Me.

While none of these photos are particularly interesting, when I find that perfect spot at the perfect time, and I need to capture flowing water with a long exposure, I’ll probably be able to get it right first time.


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