Technique & Approach #18 - ND Filter - Comparison

A while back I arose before sparrow fart and headed off to the coast at Sandgate/ Shorncliffe. 

Unfiltered - Aperture priority f/8 (ish), 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Unfiltered - Aperture priority f/8 (ish), 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Variable ND +9 - full manual - f/8, 30sec, 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Variable ND +9 - full manual - f/8, 30sec, 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Either photo has it's own qualities. Both are the same setting, the only difference is the use of an ND filter. Blocking out more light allowing for a much longer shutter duration, the result? Blurred lines. Drama, a cinematic look, I guess. The extreme vignetting comes also from the ND filter and wide angle lens. Both photos are straight from developer / scanner.

A tripod and cable release was used for both and is highly recommended in low light and especially when doing long exposures (< 1/20th). Manfrotto is my preferred brand.

Shot Ilford 100, Canon A1, Sigma 28mm.

Purchased from BH Photo Video New York. They stock a range of photographic accessories. Including filters, film, tripods, etc.

Purchased from BH Photo Video New York. They stock a range of photographic accessories. Including filters, film, tripods, etc.

Technique & Approach #16

Let's talk filters. I finally got myself a red colour filter for some wonderful black and whites. It basically makes them pop or adds more contrast by filtering certain lightrays. And a variable ND (neutral density) filter, which essentially blocks light and allows for either wide apertures (for dreamy bokeh portraits) or long exposures both of which in full sun.

ND +9, approximately 15sec exposure. 50mm

ND +9, approximately 15sec exposure. 50mm

Red filter only with 50mm

Red filter only with 50mm

ND +9, 50mm

ND +9, 50mm