Those of you that regularly follow this blog will have seen a transition from big city street photography, to the more sedate aspects of New Zealand life. The upside of this is that my photographic skills are widening. One hankering of mine was to play with an ND filter; if you are unsure of what I mean, think of it as a pair of sunglasses for your camera – it makes the world a darker place (and that is a good thing). Here is what it does…
The filter lets less light in, which means a slower shutter speed. The waves become a silky smooth blanket that looks more like a thick mist than water. The image was made using a Kase variable 2-5 stop filter, which cost around 250NZD . Being variable means I can change how dark the lens gets. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased a 10 stop lens for a much longer shutter speed. Maybe I will put this on my shopping list for my next trip to the city? If this is something you wish to try, remember you will need a tripod which definitely slows you down.
Of course, some people hate this look. What do you think, please let me know in the comments below.
As always. keep clicking, Chris