As I’m still learning how to shoot long exposures with ND filters, I decided to make a quick trip down to Virginia Beach before spring breaks start up. Plus I think the best time to shoot and enjoy the beaches are during the fall and winter seasons. You do see people walking/jogging along the boardwalks and ocean but not many…more space for me to play and not being in others way as they would with me.
IT WAS COLD! 😦 I mean the wind was blowing like crazy but that’s the chance I had to take. Driving to the beach I was more prepared than if I had flown. Super ready.
The day before going out, I made some practice shots from my hotel room. The hotel was nice enough to put me on the side of the ocean view. All I had to do was step directly out from my room with the tripod and camera already set up. With the 18-135mm lens it reached far enough to let me practice. If it got really cold all I had to do was take a step back and I was in the warm room keeping an eye on my camera gear. With the images below (1st taken around 4PM, 2nd around 5:55PM) I was able to use Lee Stopper Exposure Guide App and it worked very well. Once I took the photograph (without the filter) and was happy with the exposure, etc. I took the shutter speed number and entered it into the app and made the recommended exposure for the ND filter. It was dead on.
The next day I went down to the pier around 11AM. It was still cold and windy but nice and bright with some clouds. Some of the tutorials I have watched I’ve seen photographers shooting with ND filters in the middle of the day. Ok cool, that’s exactly what I want to do also – shoot in the middle of a day with the ND filter. What’s so great about mirrorless (and I don’t know anything about the DSLR’s) but when I attached the filter on my lens I could see EVERYTHING (could be different if I stack several filters). All I had to do was adjust the shutter to my liking. Lee Big Stopper is a 10 stops filter – totally black. I kept my ISO low and my f/stop was f/11or f/14 (but mainly f/11). My prescription glasses at times where a pain because of the tint, which made me take them off from time to time. Not only was I able to slow down the water; I was able to slow down the clouds also. I wanted to share both color and black & white photographs to show the difference of the two and how dramatic they both are in their own way. Also with the strength of the winds that day, it all depended on where I was standing that everything was affected differently.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, MeFoto tripod, Lee Filter ND Big Stopper, and Lee Stopper Exposure Guide app.
HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂