Pack the following :
10-24mm lens. 28-75 lens. 70-200 lens. 50mm prime.
ND 9 stop filter & circular polariser filter
Battery charger & spare batteries
Memory cards all empty & formatted.
Laptop & external hard-drive.
Mount's Bay & St Michaels Mount at varying times of the day & hopefully different weather conditions. Get tide times.
I want to try my new 9 stop filter, this will be a challenge.
Not just landscapes planned, I also want to include people in my shots.
Delete as I go along if I am sure the image is unusable, time allowing-- I do not want to keep checking each image.
Check histogram & bracket shots if I feel necessary
Camera set to manual as usual, ISO as needed etc.
Post shoot each day:
At end of each session upload all images onto my laptop into a new folder and also copy Raw files to an external drive. (I will need to revise this method once I use my iMac and I need to consider how I will manage my images on location. I will probably have to buy another laptop or look into some form of compatible portable storage ) Good job it's Xmas soon!
Tag each session and perhaps review briefly, deleting any obvious mistakes, bad exposures etc.
Will leave majority of processing, printing, and uploading to Web till I get home.
My 7 day session.
I found it easier to decide on each day exactly what, how, and when , I was going to shoot. I was dependant on the weather and tide times , something totally out of my control. I loaded each session onto my laptop and deleted any obviously unusable images. I backed up to an external hard-drive every evening applied basic tags but left any other processing until I got home. All session images taken with a 10-24mm lens, tripod, cable release and ND 9 stop filter. A word about this filter, to expose properly you first compose and expose for the scene without the filter fitted, attach it , then increase exposure by about 27 stops, I found I needed to bracket all my shots. Additionally once fitted it is impossible to re-compose without taking it off again. This was time consuming and fiddly, not something I allowed for. An easier solution would have been to just go out later or earlier in the day when the light levels dropped but sometimes that is not practical and I made the decision to use the filter for this session as I was on holiday with my husband and we would be going out later ( when the light would be perfect ! ) to eat. Because I was staying just across the road from the causeway access was easy, making my planning much easier. I knew exactly what I hoped to capture and therefore did not waste time scouting around for a suitable location , I just needed to wait for favourable conditions. What I did find was once home was that I had a large number of very similar images and choosing the best was very time consuming and it was practically impossible to choose between some. A discerning eye is essential , but as I noted for my first workflow exercise how any image is viewed will usually be from a subjective point of view. As the creator of each image I find it extremely difficult to pick out just one and even harder to delete images that are perfectly acceptable but just too similar to others. This is what I really need to get to grips with in order to create a more streamlined , efficient, and less time consuming workflow .I am still processing my holiday "snaps" and do wonder if I should get into the habit of shooting in Raw & Jpeg mode. This would enable me to have an instant record of my trip/ or session and then enable me to concentrate on only fully processing , what I consider , are the very best images .
For my final chosen images shown below I kept post processing minimal , but to add variety I altered the WB , created some black and white images , some colour , and one sepia image.
Late afternoon . Bracketed shots ranging from 0.6 to an 8 second exposure.
The first part of my day, mid afternoon, I attempted to place my tripod on the causeway as the
tide (and tourists) came in towards me--not as easy as I thought. The causeway is very uneven and it takes some time to adjust a tripod to ensure it is level. The tide came in quicker than I expected , my feet and trousers got soaked ,plus I had to keep moving backwards and recomposing. Hence I ended up with quite a few slanted images! I would have also preferred to have taken this kind of shot later in the day when the sun was lower, but was dependant on tide times to capture what I was aiming for.
Second part of this session was later towards the evening when the sun was beginning to set , the light was lovely.