Seascapes is the subject of today’s post. I’ve found a couple of very interesting locations and I think a got two or three great photos. I’ve shot three sheets of 4×5 b&w film and a some long exposures with the Makina 67, but my main workhorse was the Nikon D800E.
This is one my favorites images this year. Good light and scenery, rocks on foreground, clouds and the mountain at the background, I really love this composition. I used the B+W 110ND and f/16 aperture to reach the 25 seconds exposure. To be honest, this was a perfect subject for my 4×5 camera and Fuji Velvia slide film, but after my shot with the Nikon the sun vanished behind clouds, so I stayed with the digital image. I’ve already made a 24×16 inches print (that’s 60×40 cm) and the details are stunning.
Recently, I have started using my LEE filters system with my Nikon. With digital, its easy to bracket exposure but I prefer to make as much as I can in the original take. And its also very helpful with long exposures. A really superb cloud formation on this image.
With the help of the 10 stops filters I got a 5 seconds exposure at f/10. A thing to remember with the D800E (and maybe on other cameras) is to close the viewfinder window when doing long exposures under daylight, otherwise you get a strong magenta cast which will ruin your composition.
And the final images from this day’s shooting with the help of a polarizer filter.
The D800E is really a stellar landscape camera. It has everything a landscape photographer will need, plenty of resolution and a fantastic dynamic range. I mainly use the 24-70 lens for landscapes and sometimes the 28-300 or the 135mm.
For some reason, I don’t often take the 14-24 with me. Its a state of the art lens, but probably the inability to use filters has made it a rather rarely used lens. I think the 16-35 maybe a better choice for my landscapes, but for now its out of my reach (and I would not trade the 14-24 for the 16-35).
So, one more post with the D800E ends. As you will probably have guessed from my last posts, its the camera to get the more use during this year. I miss not shooting as much film as I used to, but in many cases this camera is the tool to use.
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