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By SusanKing
went out this morning at 6.30 am to catch sunrise & try out a nd filter that I have recently got. I know they are used for smooth water shots but have also read they can be used for bright light. This image was taken with an nd8 filter. I not sure if I知 using correctly can anyone offer advice please.

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Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2021 3:20PM
Lovely shot but in my humble opinion if you had used a smaller aperture say f22 or even f11 then you would have let in less light anyway.
At f5.6 you are letting in an awful lot of light. Although at f22 you might have created a starburst effect of the sun rather than the lovely soft glow. You have captured some lovely sunbeams fanning over the horizon.
For a sunrise or sunset shot if you set your white balance to cloudy or shade you will get richer reds and yellows.
I hope this is helpful.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4270 Canada
17 Sep 2021 3:50PM
Hi Susan.

The purpose of an ND filter is to reduce the amount of light coming into the sensor. In very bright conditions, it can allow one to shoot directly into the sun, - not unlike you have done here, with a shutter speed that the camera is capable of achieving, and many consumer cameras top out at 1/4000th (newer cameras with electronic shutters can shoot at very fast seeds compared to older cameras).

They can also, in lower light allow for longer exposures, - they the that smooth water while also exposing a rising sun properly (not overexposing).

So in this case, its done its job, though the Sun is quite high for a sunrise! I think you would need to be quite a bit earlier, when the sun is just below the horizon so you can catch the beautiful colour you often see.There is no overexposure in the image.

Dianes comment above is also something to consider, as you would usually ant increased dept of field, but its worth experimenting.

I am attaching a useful link to information on ND filters, and also uploaded a mod that a touch warmer.



chase Plus
16 2.2k 583 England
17 Sep 2021 3:58PM
This is a pretty seascape and I think your filter has helped a little with the brightest light, even soothe very brightest bit is blown...sadly.
F5.6....hmmmmm, although I am not a landscaper by any means, I perhaps would have gone for F11 here and manual control of the camera rather than aperture priority as I suspect that would negate the use of an ND filter somewhat as the camera will take its readings from what it sees through the filter. If you had metered before you applied the grad, noted and locked the exposure your camera set and THEN applied the filter, I think the story would have been very different. Other Team members may be able to help further with that idea.
As far as composition is concerned, the horizon could do with a minor straighten, I did that in my mod using the straighten tool in Photoshop.
I also warmed the scene up a touch then cropped from the top and bottom to put the horizon on the lower third. I also cropped away the dark bits away peeping in from the right.
The tower is a little central for me, perhaps a couple of steps to your left would have shifted that and included a little more of the headland on the left. Alternatively step to the right and leave the headland out of the image altogether.
I also cloned out the dark spot ( possibly a bird) to the right of the tower.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
17 Sep 2021 4:53PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Susan.

There's nothing wrong with this shot: you've used the filter to allow you reasonably moderate settings in bright light, and that's fine. As Diane says, you could just have stopped down, though at f/22 you'd be losing a bit of quality from diffraction effects. (Mind you, it's true that extra glass surfaces, especially with cheap filters, will also tend to reduce quality.)

f/22 would probably give a starburst, though. I would probably have stopped down a fraction further in any case, for maximum quality. There's a sweet spot with every lens, usually 2-3 stops down from maximum aperture.

Otherwise, I'd crop to remove the object on the right, and tend to prefer pictures without an obtrusive logo. I want to look at the picture, not words... But it remains a very nice image. Lovely sky!
pink Plus
18 6.8k 9 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2021 5:21PM
Personally I think the image has got lots of potential, I wont go over what's already been said just add my 2 bobs worth.
I would try a square crop from the LHS and convert to mono, as the colours are very subtle I think a mono conversion would add more drama.
Worth a try

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