More photos from an evening by the beach at Alex Heads. See other pictures from the same evening here: http://lightswimming.com/2012/07/02/dusk-at-alex-heads/
keen (some would say too keen) amateur photographer
Dusk & Dawn, Long Exposure
Alexandra Headland, sunset, water effect, waves, wet rocks
September 20, 2012 at 1:30 am
I LOVE these kinds of shots. Almost makes me want to get a ND filter. :)
September 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm
Matthew, you should go for it and buy one. I have a variable Inca filter which goes (nominally) from 2 to 8 stops (I actually think it’s more like 6.5 at the top end than 8 to be honest) and it is quite handy. I have been thinking of going for the full 10-stop ND myself because there are some shots you need more shutter time to get.
From memory, the top shot above is without ND (it was dark enough, civil twilight) while the bottom shot is with ND.
I don’t know whether you use The Photographer’s Ephemeris (http://photoephemeris.com/), but it is just absolutely brilliant for planning and pre-visualising this kind of shot.
September 21, 2012 at 3:22 am
I’m actually thinking more along the lines of getting a 3-stop and a 6-stop, stacking them if I need to. Since I use FF lenses on APS-C, any extra vignetting would be out of the image frame. The ones I’m looking at are also a bunch cheaper than those 10-stop variable filters. :)
Also, I’ve heard of programs like that, I may invest in that (cheap $9 investment, hehe) when I get into landscapes with a WA lens. So far, the 36mm on my 36-72 is the widest focal length I currently have. ;)
September 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm
TPE is free if you run it on Windows; only $9 on a mobile device etc – best value ever!
September 22, 2012 at 4:02 am
I run a Mac. Still be good to have on a mobile device, anyway.
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