Using a ND400 for the First Time
This past week I went to Apollo Bay with a friend to take photos. I love trips like that, it is such a great thing to do, just to go somewhere and take lots of photos. Apollo Bay is a gorgeous place on the South coast of Australia and somewhere where I have spent lots of time, but not for a long time.
One of the things I was really looking forward to was using my new Neutral Density Filter. I have used other ND filters, but nothing like this, and I have to say I really wasn’t prepared for what would happen and how to use it.
We went out the first afternoon to some rocks nearby and I set the camera up and away I went. The first thing I noticed was that it was so hard to see through the lens, this filter is so dark that you really can’t see what you are doing, and then when I first took some photos the photos were black. Some seemed to work and some didn’t.
When I got back to the place that night and had a look through my photos, well, as you can see from the image above, I had trouble. There was a strange line or area of dark on the sides. There were also areas of magenta, which in theory shouldn’t happen. I thought, oh no, it is dodgy, what is happening. It was time to do some research.
So what I found out was that I need to stop light from entering the camera through the eye piece, which is why some images worked and some didn’t.
The above image worked, I think, because there wasn’t a lot of light around, so there was strong sunlight pouring in the back, like in the first image.
Once I knew what I was doing I tried using the filter again the next morning, and it worked a whole lot better.
It worked every time after that and I got some interesting shots. I will have to play with it a lot more yet, but I do wish I had done some research before the first time. I will have make sure I try that a lot more, the research I mean.
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