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.

(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, B+W 110ND filter, 25 seconds exposure)

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.

(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, LEE ND GRAD 0.6 filter)

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.

(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, B+W 110ND filter, 5 seconds exposure)

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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