There are so many awesome pictures in here! I have a few questions regarding the use of these filters.
1. Do you autofocus first and then put the filter on? Or focus with the filter on?
2. Do you use Manual mode and just guess how long to make the shutter speed? I see people using 30 secs or more and when I tried using a 9 stop filter, my camera automatically metered 2 secs. That is far from the 30 Sec + that I'm seeing here.
This is a picture I took using a Hoya 9 stop filter and I was only able to get about 2 secs. This was taken in aperture priority mode, ISO 100, F8 taken around noon. It wasn't that bright as it was sort of overcast. Also, when I looked in the viewfinder, I was surprised to see that I was able to make out the scene as I have read that it would be completely black and that I would either have to compose with the filter off first or with the filter on, I would have to use live view and raise the ISO.