I drove to Thorpe Bay and Old Leigh respectively.
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.
Straight out of camera it looked like this.
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;
- There needs to be a lot more motion in the subject than I found with the sea today, which was pretty still.
- 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.
I had to pop to the doctors this morning and the drive took me up the coast (albeit it was only a fifteen minute journey). The boats bobbing about on the water looked nice so when I got back home I grabbed my camera (Yes, I know - why didn't I have it with me?) and went back.
Cliché I know but I snapped the beach huts (which can be sold for 20-25,000 which is madness).