Experimenting With a 10 Stop ND Filter, Part 3

It’s been quite a while since my last post about my experiments with my 10 stop ND filter so i’m happy to share with you part 3. Cloudy days are perfect for using a 10 stop ND filter as you can “smear” the clouds and get a unique look and feel so when I woke up and saw the great clouds in the sky I knew this is a great opportunity to get some long exposure photos.

This time I didn’t get stuck at one spot and I drove around the city getting a few perspectives and locations.

The first is from a bridge over the Yarkon River leading towards the power station in Tel Aviv. Both images are as taken from the Camera, no editing was done (it will come later on the select few photos I picked from the 80+ I took this day).

Not exactly the same composition but you can clearly see the difference the 10 stop ND filter has on the final result.

From the bridge I moved to a different location as the clouds were starting to disappear so I wanted to be at a different angle to the power station and still catch the clouds.

I found a pretty great spot that I didn’t knew about before which is a shame as i’m living here for over 3 years but late is better than never in this case 😉

Here are a few no filter and with filter shots for you (images are straight our of camera)

Here is an edited photo from this location that I really liked but it has one major drawback.

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The drawback is that the background (the power station) is not in focus… And that SUCKS because I really liked this photo especially due to the reflections of the station on the sand.

I always check my focus in the field after I take the shot to make sure all is good and i’ve seen the focus problem here and fixed it but I just couldn’t get the same reflections again as the water didn’t play along.

Regardless I was able to get the following shot which i’m very pleased with (move the slider to see the before and after).

From there I continued to another bridge over the Yarkon but I didn’t really like the results so I didn’t spend too much time there. Here are the images I was able to take from this bridge straight out of camera.

As you can see in the above images, the amount of clouds in the sky has increased from my first shots so I decided to go back to the previous bridge as I thought more clouds in the sky would make for a better photo and turned out I was right (scroll to the left to see the before and after the post processing).

Before I packed up and went home I decided to do something else and look for a cool looking building that I can shoot with the clouds moving above it.

Before we go to the long exposure version here is the regular photo without using any filter in both color and B&W.

And here is the final result of the 30 seconds exposure in both color and black and white.

Which one do you you think is better? Color or Black and White? Let me know in the comments below.

Before I close this off, here are the 4 “winning” shots from the day 🙂

Thanks for reading and go out and “shoot” something 😉

 

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