ND Filter Test 2

A quick drive down to Thorpe Bay to give the ND Filter another test.  This time I knew I could focus through Live View.  In retrospect I should have shot a long exposure, and a standard photo and could have composited the two so I could have had the boats sharp (rather than blurred due to the movement during the long exposure).

I still need a lot more practice.

_MG_8712.jpg

Straight out of camera it looked like this.

_MG_8712-Unprocessed.jpg

ND Filter

For my birthday I got a Gobe ND1000 77mm MRC 16-Layer ND Filter.  It cuts out ten stops of light, so only 0.098% of the light is getting through.  I went to the beach to do a test shot and see what I might learn.

My lessons learned were;

  1. There needs to be a lot more motion in the subject than I found with the sea today, which was pretty still.
  2. The camera tends not to want to focus with the filter on.

Really I got it for waterfalls in New Zealand later in the year, but the test was fun and I'll try it out in other places before October.

EXIF; F18, 20.75 sec, ISO 100.  Black & White Processing with Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

_MG_8083.jpg
_MG_8076.jpg