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Whispy Whitby

Jide made a really good comment about ND filters yesterday in connection with Gerard's work.

One of the features of his work that I really like is the effect of clouds appearing to be dragged/stretched which I feel adds drama to his images. I think that this can only be created over extremely long exposure (possibly around 5 mins).

I started using ND filters to reduce the light entering the camera but still could not re-create this dragging effect, there was simply too much light entering the camera. I bought an infra red Hoya R72 filter. It effectively adds about 18 stops to the exposure. I'm going to experiment with additional filters also.

I took some normal shots at this location 1/40th @ F22 but the above image was captured at 150 seconds @ F22.

If anyone is still awake after that. All the best Mal

Whispy Whitby

Jide made a really good comment about ND filters yesterday in connection with Gerard's work.

One of the features of his work that I really like is the effect of clouds appearing to be dragged/stretched which I feel adds drama to his images. I think that this can only be created over extremely long exposure (possibly around 5 mins).

I started using ND filters to reduce the light entering the camera but still could not re-create this dragging effect, there was simply too much light entering the camera. I bought an infra red Hoya R72 filter. It effectively adds about 18 stops to the exposure. I'm going to experiment with additional filters also.

I took some normal shots at this location 1/40th @ F22 but the above image was captured at 150 seconds @ F22.

If anyone is still awake after that. All the best Mal

comments (29)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 21 Sep 2006, 00:23
Wow mal. i having been thinking about nd filters. Please don't leave us to go to photo.net. this is outstanding.
Mal: Hey Nev, photo who? And who would I have to wind up there? Cos your hear! I've found my home and it's great. Mal
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 21 Sep 2006, 00:29
Amazing sky, wow shot at f22. Lovely lovely, I love the clarity in the building on the right.

Suby
Mal: Thank you Subster. All the best Mal
Very nice! I like the contrast of motion with still. Nice and sharp too.
If you can't add 50 stops to your lens to get the blur you're after... you can also play with taking multiple exposures on a tripod and blending them in with PS. Keep in mind though that you can end up with rough edges... and it won't look nearly as nice as a timed exposure. Mind you, if each exposure you're taking is 30seconds long... and you take 5 back to back... it will blend much better.

I haven't tried timed exposures like this.... but I'm thinking I'm going to pick up some NDs ASAP.

Very nice feel here.
Mal: I had not even thought of blending multiple images at say 30 secs back to back. I wonder what I will try tomorrow? Hmmmmm! Keep it rolling Rich. Mal
WOW! This is really good and the fact that you did this using the filters could have fooled me.
Mal: Hey Jide, I think, but I do not know! that the Gerard effect is with IR filters (and possibly several of them) but that means you are restricted to b/w. Do you know of any filter that virtually stops light that you could shoot colour with? I've searched the net but have drawn a blank!! Mal
hey mal,

wow, what a brilliant capture. the cliffs and houses are so increadibly crisp. i love the details...it almost looks like a mini scale model. the sky is absolutely amazing, particularly the drag of the clouds.
Mal: Thank's Nicole, It's funny you mention that because I thought so to, but I have no Idea why it does, should have called it Toy Town. Mal
Have a look at these guys.

http://www.schneideroptics.com/
Mal: Brilliant Jide, they have exactly what I'm after. Mal
My favourite shot of the day! Excellent
Mal: Ver much appreciated Nish. Mal
I like to come in the morning and check your pic, I really like them!
Mal: Hey Frederic, that makes me happy, thankyou. Mal
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 07:46
Great effect onthe sky Mal. Mr Nightingale at Chromasia mentioned a few months ago about acquiring some amazingly dark filter. I'll see if I can find out about it.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 07:54
Here you go, I think you'll find what you're looking for here: http://www.schneideroptics.com/info/handbook/pdf/B+WHandbook10_11.pdf. Can't remember which filter Chromasia got, maybe the 113 or 120. I think he had some difficulty sourcing it.
Mal: Your a genius Steve, went onto Chromasia and he has a catagory for the 113 filter - very well spotted. Mal
  • jamoula
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 12:30
Really nice one Mal. When I can I'll take you up on trying the ND filter.
Mal: Thank you Jamoula. Mal
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 15:09
The skies have a very dynamic feel to it and you've captured it well, as intended. If it hadn't been for a few modern-looking houses in the shot, I would have wondered which era this picture belonged to.
Mal: Thanks Mia, the lower half of the frame does have a vintage feel to it but I have no idea why. Mal
  • deb
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 16:54
Really nice dramatic effect, and I really love the black and white. I agree with Mia..it does have a vintage look to it smile
Mal: Hi Deb, I'm not sure why but your right. Mal
  • Glenn
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 17:24
hi mate this a nice pic, and a diferent view from the normal Whitby view,i like all the coments about the skys,and trying something different
Mal: Hi Glen,thank you. Have you sussed us a location for some time soon? Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 17:37
loving those clouds....theres gotta be an action online that can do that....8.5/10
cr=9.5/10
Mal: Thank you Samarth. I bet your right just need to stumble across it. But I like to find traditional methods with photography first as I did in the film days. Mal
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 18:23
That's some effect Mal; now where's that red filter I've got lurking about somewhere...
Mal: It will be in the drawer next to the sink in the kitchen, well thats where all my lost stuff ends up smile Mal
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 18:40
Excellent effect. Well done, Mal.
Mal: Thank you Otto. Mal
I'm learning so much by visiting your blog. I like how you want the camera to work for you. Nicely done
Mal: Attah, I've learned more techniques and tricks in the 22days that I have been a member at Shutterchance than I have gained in probably the last 5 or 6 years. I love people giving me usefull advice. All the best Mal
  • Roland
  • France
  • 21 Sep 2006, 20:03
Just one word : Splenid.. I do really love that...
Mal: Hey Rolly, I've got 5 for you "Thank you very very much" all the best Mal
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 20:43
One word for me: Amazing!
Though I can't help but wish the bushes in the lower right hand corner would just disappear grin
Mal: Oladeji, I thought when I posted this image I would be bombarded with the bushes comment but you have been the first. I've tried cloning them out but could not get it right (it looked botched) maybe one day I'll have the skill to get it right. Thank you for your honesty. Mal
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 21 Sep 2006, 20:59
wonderful landscape!
Mal: Thank you Fabrizio, All the best Mal
great landscape mal, love the way it looks but curious to see the colours
Mal: Hi Neil, If I'm right your refering to the above comments regarding normal ND filters? and not IR? Which is why I'm looking for a monster natural ND so I can shoot colour this way. All the best Mal
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 21 Sep 2006, 22:28
Hi Mal

this is a f..... brilliant shot, very dramatic. I guess once i have a job again and some money, filters is something to get...besides some other stuff ;o)))
Diya
Mal: And I love your F..... Comment, thank you Diya. My life is not long enough to earn the cash that I need to get all the kit I want, so we do the best that we can with the kit we've got. All the best Mal
Mal,
this simply wonderful B&W pic!
Mal: Thank you, I really appreciate your time to look. Mal
This pic is awesome! The clouds give a dramatic effect to an otherwise still shot.
Mal: Hey Daniel, thank you for the great comments. All the best Mal
The clouds are in motion yet the image is so sharp and crisp, excellent work.
Mal: Thank you Ayash. All the best mal.
  • Turfdigger
  • Southeastern Massachusetts (US)
  • 1 Oct 2006, 22:31
Such a strong b/w image - great tonal range.
Did you find an answer to the question you posed to Jide on a filter that cuts out all but a teany bit of light? I've used a polarizer and ND filter together before now but I have never attempted to stretch the clouds before. This Whitby image of yours rather whets the appetite though! - Paul suggested I look at your Saltburn Pier images on his blog today and then of course I went a wandering.
  • david
  • chesham
  • 3 Jul 2007, 08:59
pretty amazing shot - and thanks for the tips on how to get a sky to look like this!

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