Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Lake

I got a very interesting and extremely annoying result in my latest test shot. I went down to the lake just to try another test image. It was just going to be quick and simple; I was also extremely short of time due to work. Any who I ducked down to Warners Bay and took a shot or two.
 The whole thing was pretty much a failure, the sun while extremely bright and glaring was not providing enough light for what I wanted. I think it was the reflection that caused the strange gradient on the left hand side of the image. I plan to go back there on my first chance and re-shoot the image. I think the scene has good potential, just needs some tweaking.

I have also come across a great blog for slow exposure and black and white work. It has taught me a few things and the articles are very insightful and interesting. It goes by the name Bulb Exposures, if you are interested in this sort of work then I recommend giving it a read.

The image was shot for about 4 minutes, using a stacked ND 3.0 and 1.6, Silver Effex Pro and Photoshop used for adjustments

Monday, March 12, 2012

8 Minutes

It has been a while since I've shot any more landscapes.
I've had a pile of things get in my way, such as have my wisdom teeth removed and come down with a bad cold.

Well today i dragged myself and one unfortunate friend of mine down to the Stockton break wall to practice what i hoped would be some good experimentation towards slow exposures.
I think it went down pretty successful.

I stacked a ND3.0 with a ND.18 to cut 16 stops of light. I also used a guide from Alex Wise's blog to help meter the exposure, it worked a charm!

Although i learned that stacking the filters also causes some severe noise in the image, i have never dealt with noise before so it was rather grainy in the final image.
I have noted down that my camera has a noise reduction function and with a brief test it seems to work rather well. So i guess i will use that next time.
The only down side is a 8 minute exposure will then take a further 8 minutes to process.

That's all for today.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Bogey Hole


Yesterday i took a day trip out to the bogey hole to try out some shots and angles i had been wanting to do for a while now. It was pretty much a spectacular day so it seemed a little hard to take a bad photo. I was there for a while, shooting different scenes and waiting for the right waves.

I so far have processed two images from that day and i am rather proud of both.

I shot these images using a 17-40mm L, with a B&W ND 1.8 filter.