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This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate. Read on for more about this week’s…

Photo courtesy of Kristin Luna

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Photo courtesy of Kristin Luna

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate. Read on for more about this week’s theme and her photography tips!

Dream. We chose this week’s photo challenge subject because it utilizes one technique we love to play around with: long exposures. Sometimes we use a neutral density filter; other times, we go organic and get the aperture, ISO and shutter speed to align perfectly in an effort to give our shots an otherworldly sense of escapism. (Using a long exposure is also a great way to blur people and other unwanted “noise” out of your photo.) We took this image and a series of long exposures at Waikiki Beach and all around Oahu last year. Hawaii already has an ethereal feel to it, and I think this photo captures that ambiance perfectly.

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Tip: When shooting long exposures, take into account your natural light. We like to shoot an hour before sunset with a tripod, our ISO set at 100 or 200 and our shutter speed anywhere from 2 to 15 seconds, depending on the amount of daylight remaining. If we use a dark ND filter, we put the camera on manual focus, bump up our ISO and use a slower shutter speed to allow more light to come in.

Kristin Luna is a Tennessee-based travel writer, author and blogger. She runs the site Camels & Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addictwith her husband and fellow photographer Scott van Velsor. Follow their adventures via their blog, Twitter or Facebook.

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    1. Well, that fog coverage definitely worked in your favor, didn’t it? It reminds me of my four years spent in San Francisco!

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