This morning I had the pleasure of capturing Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as Northern Lights. Tonight, if cloud cover doesn’t get in the way, should also be a great night to see some of the most beautiful natural features that we can see here on Earth.
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After reading about the Sabattier Effect on Digital Photography School I had to try it. Here is the link if you want to give it a go yourself. This image is not an HDR but it does have an HDR like effect. http://digital-photography-school.com/the-sabattier-effect/
Last Friday I received my Lee Big Stopper 10 stop nd filter from Adorama. My youngest had been asking me all day to go to the lake to go swimming, so I decided it was time to give in. Here was a chance to play around with my new gear. I hadn’t been sure if the filter was going to fit since I use the Cokin Z Pro filter holder and I wasn’t looking forward to holding the filter against the lens for an extended period of time. I had checked that the filter would fit the thickness but I had also noticed that the pins on the holder didn’t allow the filter to move down far enough to make a good seal shut out all the light. We arrived at Lake Bemidji State Park at about 7pm on a bright, mostly sunny day. As my youngest ran to the beach to go swim and my oldest left to go for a walk, I grabbed my camera, tripod, filter holder and a remote, wireless shutter that I had also just purchased, an Aputure Pro Coworkder Wireless Remote, and headed down to the beach.
After about an hour of playing around with settings, and a couple of different set ups testing long exposures on the water, we headed back home. The boys had fun, I had fun, and now I want to get back out and shoot some more long exposures.
My first impression… I love this filter. Second impression… it didn’t work very well with the Cokin filter holder. So my options were to either figure out a way to make the filter sit in the holder better, or go with the Lee filter holder. The filter, as of the time of this writing, was $140. Purchasing the Lee holder and the lens adapters would run me another $250 or so. A little steep for this stage. So after looking around on the internet, I modified my Cokin holder by turning the pins around in their slots, then filing off the remaining edges that were still sticking out. Now I really do have to get back out and shoot some more!
This three-shot HDR was captured before the Cameron Park remodel. It now looks much different. I’ll have to go back and shoot a new series from this location.
Jared Polin, of FroKnowsPhoto fame, has his “Hebrew Trinity” which are his three primary lenses that he uses as his go-to lenses when he shoots his remarkable photos. I have my “Heavenly Trinity” which aren’t any of my camera lenses at all. Instead they are my three boys, and I have been eternally blessed to have them.
It’s been quite a while since I posted anything. Way too long.
This boat looks so lonely, as if it hasn’t seen water in a long time. Yet, if you look in the background you can see the water, beckoning the craft to come back. You can see that the boat hasn’t been licensed since 2007.