Behind the shot: Saint Goustan - Mathias Joschika

Mathias Joschika

Behind the shot: Saint Goustan

In this series I try to show you how I took some of my pictures in my portfolio. You will get to know the gear and settings I used, as well as a little back story of how and why the image was created.

Enough introduction - let's get it on!

Saint Goustan
Body: Sony a7ii

Shutter Speed: 20 sec
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm 3.5-5.6 OSS

Aperture: 11
Flash: None
Focal Length: 36mm
Filter: None
Panorama: 13 individual images in portrait orientation. All taken with the same settings.

In the summer of 2017 I was visiting a friend in France. Of course I had to bring my camera.

After a couple of days - or more like a couple hours - we headed southwest. Destination: Bretagne

After visiting the Golfe du Morbihan and the Île-aux-Moines during the day, we wanted to get some nice sea food for dinner. Unfortunately time was running out to eat on the Île-aux-Moines, so we had to find something on the mainland. My friend found a restaurant via the internet, close to our hotel, so we headed there.

We had to park on a hill and walk down to the restaurant. And after I saw the location where we were going, I had to sprint back up the hill to the car and get my camera and tripod! Oh what a beauty this town was!

After having dinner in the Port of Saint Goustan, I went out and ran across the bridge to the other side of the small harbor. So what kind of image should I shoot? What settings should I use?

I wanted to get as much in focus as poosible - so I knew I had to use a small aperture.
I also wanted to get as much details in the shadows and the highlights as possible, but HDR was not really a possibility. So I had to stay with ISO 100 because we all know that Dynamic Range suffers with higher ISO.

So with a small aperture and ISO 100 the shutter speed was quite long. Normally thats no problem with a tripod and static subjects. But this here, was definitely not static!

I was worried I would not be able to merge the images because the tide moved so fast. Using 13x20 seconds exposures, and adding some cool down time in between, let the water rise quite a bit!

Fortunately everything worked out!