After some intense life experiences, some sad, some insane , some friends and I finally took a breath. We escaped to one our meeting spots to take a moment for conversation, beer, and photography. It had gotten a little warmer in our area so we decided to go to one of our “zen” spots for some slow photography. The night was upon us so we pulled out our tripods for some long exposures. I decided to make it we35 research, however the research did not end there, some questions came up, in my head, so I continued my work at the long exposures into the weekend , experimenting with my cheap ND filters.
Location Woodbridge, Maplewood and South Orange NJ
Observations As Scott Wyden has always taught me, cheap ND filters suck. They cause color discoloration and various other issues. When you stack them you have even more problems. So guess what I’d did…. Stacked cheap filter on a 35 mm lens. I actually wanted to see what happened on a mirrorless camera at various times of day. The ND filters worked fine when used as intended, they just required a custom white balancing to make sure the colors were captured correctly. Stacking the ND Filters led to some crazy colors during the day. At 35mm I was able to capture some interesting landscapes without really having to think about the lens.
Findings Working with a smaller camera and lens meant that I my filters were smaller as well so I got to use a nice simple bag. As for the images well it was a mixed bag of insanity. Colors were all over the place. Blues reds etc it was all rather trippy. Staking filters is horrible for color long exposure photography but great for long exposure black and white photography. It was a great fun experiment, I do need a filter, however, that would let my do a 1 minute exposure during the day without insane colors. I know Mr Wyden has a few suggestions to help me out.