Available Light Shots
I thought to post this information instead of my planned shot. Continuing what johnloguk (john Bennett) started yesterday with his triplet on the available light shots. The left shot captured at 6AM just prior to the sun rising. I had my camera on a tripod. I would recommend the following: ISO 100 or as low as your camera allows to keep the noise down. Mirror up function on these 30 sec shots reduces vibration; I also add my bag to the tripod hook for weight. “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” option as Nikon calls it turned on, reduces noise in the shot. Remote trigger or timer function to trigger the shot.
Shot #2 in the center is another Av light shot, but much shorter as sun was coming up. Not to exciting but add a Neutral Density filter and look what happens.
Shot #3 has a 3 stop hard ND filter. I was holding back the sky exposing for the boats. I will also admit I bracketed this shot in 1 stop increments. f/16 all the way to f/2.8, I liked the f/4 shot the best as the water looked better rough not smooth like at f/16 with the longer exposure. I use the Singh-Ray filters that go in a Cokin holder so I can place them where I need or want them. Not the round filter units.
There is a great article on ND filter written by the late Galen Rowell. Well worth your time to read
I do not use many filters, but I find I use the Singh-Ray ND’s and Rev ND a lot on shots. I am very pleased with the results I get and if Singh-Ray does not have the filter you want they will make what you want in size, material & shape. I use the Cokin “P” size for my lens.
Bottom line, take some shot just before sunrise or just after sunset as the sky is still blue and you get great colors then. Experiment with your exposure and f/stop and have fun!
Note the EXIF data listed is for the last shot. EXIF for #1 is: D200, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 125, 32mm (24-70mm lens), 0 EV, manual mode, center weighted,
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