Hey, let's not forget the mineral content of the water, or the exact composition of the air (which does affect its refractive index, after all).
All joking aside, I find basic techinical details useful, but the photography world does (much like the PC hobbyist world, though in different ways) tend to devolve into gear and tech-speak circle jerks far too much of the time. Specs are a tiny part of what makes a photo good after all - technique across the entire process, from spotting/choosing a subject, framing/arranging the scene, shooting, and whatever is done in post all has a huge effect. (And no, post-processing isn't "cheating" or "fake", it's a crucial and omnipresent aspect of photography - after all, even with film you were introducing variation with the choice of film and the processing technique, so taking some control over that step is just another way of refining technique.)
I got some half-decent shots when I visited Öland (island off the east coast of Sweden) this summer. (Very beautiful in places, but only go there in summer if you have a high
tolerance for tourist traps and hordes of families everywhere.)
Everything is shot on my Pentax K-70. Lenses:
Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR (K-70 kit lens, extremely versatile and good for what it is)
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE (excellent compact fast AF telephoto)
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) (wide-angle that I got with my first DSLR back in ... 2008? Love that the K-70 still supports its archaic screw-drive AF)
Long exposures taken with an ND1000 filter, can't remember the brand and can't check since I'm not at home. Focal lengths below converted to 35mm equivalent.
Long exposures are manual, otherwise either shutter or aperture priority mode depending on the subject. Everything is processed in Lightroom.
42mm, 1/1000s, ISO 100, f/4
The wreck of the schooner Swiks, which sank off the coast of Öland in 1926. Really wish I had brought my ND filter and tripod here :/
15mm, 30s, ISO 800, f/10
Byrums raukar or Byrum's sea stacks, North-Western Öland
36mm, 30s, ISO 100, f/13
Same area as above
450mm, 1/500s ISO 100, f/6.3, cropped
450mm, 1/500s, ISO 100, f/6.3, cropped
I call this one 'center-weighted'. Matches the exposure method
450mm, 1/400s, ISO 100, f/6.3, cropped
Grey seals (IIRC) and great cormorants, southern Öland
450mm, 1/800s, ISO 100, f/6.3, cropped
450mm, 1/320s, ISO 1600, f/6.3, cropped
450mm, 1/320s, ISO 1600, f/6.3
Sadly I have no idea what birds these are.