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Morning Wood

Ocean City New Jersey, Long Exposure, Scott Frederick Photography

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 10mm, f/16, ISO 100, 240 Seconds, B+W ND110

There are some benefits to waking up early on the east coast, catching a sunrise once in a while!  There is only one downfall to waking up this early on vacation. When the shoot is over, my wife and 2 kids are well rested and ready to drag me along for the rest of the day!;) I took this shot using my B+W ND110.  It’s a 10 Stop Neutral Density filter and without it, I’d be lost! It’s the second most important filter I own next to my UV protective filter.  It’s my go to filter for landscape photography.  Even if I decide to bracket, this filter allows for great long exposure HDR.  However, I’m more inclined to utilize this filter for one single long exposure.  I prefer to exposure for around 4 minutes.  This usually gives me the best LE effect and depending on the light, I’ll adjust my camera settings accordingly.  At this time of morning, a few minutes after sunrise 10 stops is plenty.  Any later in the day and I would have to add a 6 stop filter stacked on top of my 10 stop. This equals 16 stops of light reduction.  The benefit of this is a wider aperture, which really does wonders for long exposures.  Shooting at f/16 and below is ideal and if possible I try to achieve an aperture of f/13 or even f/11.  Do you use and Neutral Density filter? I’d love to hear about your experiences with it!

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September 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Mike Criswell - Sweet colors Scott, nice work

September 28, 2012 - 12:37 am

Wayne Woodruff - Thanks for the technical details, I appreciate it! The pipe has some killer textures and the colors are awesome.

I tried a similar shot back in July, but it didn’t work as well and I know why. I stacked a 2 + 4 ND, which vignetted at f22 (well, duh). Had I used a 10 stop, I could have a larger aperture, likely avoided the vignette, and gotten more blur out of the water. Regardless, I cropped the color shot and had it printed on metal, which came out really well. It sits on my desk and is very soothing.

http://2zars.com/photoblog/2012/07/at-dawn/

I plan to return to the scene of the crime and try again.

September 28, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Scott Frederick - Great shot Wayne. I will get vignettes when stacking filters at wide angles. I try to shoot with my 17-55 a lot during 16 stop shots. Or atleast 18-20mm on my 10-24. The f/22 didn’t cause this.

October 1, 2012 - 9:17 am

Kris Koeller - Well-played on the title. Great shot, too!

October 1, 2012 - 10:34 pm

PAUL ST. LOUIS - Morning Wood is an absolutely beautiful photograph. I spend some time every day studying photographs on the internet and rarely do I find one that compares to Morning Wood. Thanks for your explanation of how you use the ND filters.

October 3, 2012 - 11:19 am

ABarlow - Funny name, sweet shot man. I agree, well played :)

October 5, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Scott Frederick - Great shot Wayne. I will get vignettes when stacking filters at wide angles. I try to shoot with my 17-55 a lot during 16 stop shots. Or atleast 18-20mm on my 10-24. The f/22 didn’t cause this.

November 16, 2012 - 6:58 pm

Laura Hegfield - gorgeous… I’m visiting from Wayne’s post… I grew up outside of Philly but now live on the edge of the woods and bogs in NH… I am such a hack photographer, but it brings me great joy nonetheless… your work is stunning!

January 21, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Suzanne Theodora White - Great Shot.

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