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Aug 25, 2014 10:35 |  #6151

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.

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Aug 25, 2014 11:01 |  #6152

Compose, Focus and take a base exposure first. Then turn off AF, put on filters, do the math or use an app to determine an approximate new exposure time based on the base exposure and then shoot...all done in manual mode.

2 seconds mid day with 9 stops is about what I would expect. Live View can do ok at 2 seconds, it has its limits.


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Aug 25, 2014 11:06 |  #6153

TRhoads wrote in post #17116564 (external link)
Compose, Focus and take a base exposure first. Then turn off AF, put on filters, do the math or use an app to determine an approximate new exposure time based on the base exposure and then shoot...all done in manual mode.

2 seconds mid day with 9 stops is about what I would expect. Live View can do ok at 2 seconds, it has its limits.

TRhoads, thanks for the information! Next time I'll be sure to use manual mode for my shot and also I'm glad 2 sec mid day sounds about right. I didn't take a base shot to determine if the exposure with the filter was correct or not but I just assumed that I would be getting around 20-30 secs at least! I guess people are shooting with much less light to get the longer shutter speeds.


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Aug 25, 2014 11:34 |  #6154

You also have to remember, if you are at 2 seconds with 9 stops...10 stops is 4 seconds, add a 3 stop ND to that, for a total of 13, and you are at 32 seconds give or take...to get to the really longer exposures mid day requires more than 10 stops.


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Aug 25, 2014 11:45 |  #6155

TRhoads wrote in post #17116644 (external link)
You also have to remember, if you are at 2 seconds with 9 stops...10 stops is 4 seconds, add a 3 stop ND to that, for a total of 13, and you are at 32 seconds give or take...to get to the really longer exposures mid day requires more than 10 stops.

Okay, I didn't realize people were stacking and getting more than 9-10 stops. That makes sense though. I have a 9 stop and 3 stop that I can try in the future. Thanks!


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Aug 25, 2014 11:48 |  #6156

I usually limit myself to 2 filters when stacking, anymore than that and I get vignette from seeing the filter holder at the edges when shooting wide angle....the new Formatt FIrecrest 16 stop filter is tempting....but I doubt I would use it that much, I am more keen to get the LEE little stopper to go along with the rest of my Lee kit.


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Aug 25, 2014 18:11 |  #6157

You just need to play with the settings to get the shutter speeds you desire. Close the aperture down, drop down to ISO 50 if possible etc For daytime exposures I find live view makes it easy to focus & compose if not using hyperfocal settings.


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Aug 26, 2014 06:56 |  #6158

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Aug 26, 2014 10:02 |  #6159

^ looks like St Mary's Lighthouse


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Aug 26, 2014 10:56 |  #6160

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Aug 27, 2014 07:59 |  #6162

^ Excellent.


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Aug 27, 2014 08:33 |  #6163

Lots of pictures of Boston in this forum :D
Doesn't change the fact that this one is awesome!


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Aug 27, 2014 08:40 |  #6164

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Aug 27, 2014 08:51 |  #6165

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