I am trying.
Nothing would be easier right now than to say in my comfort zone and doing what I know. After years of shooting color landscapes during the early and foggiest parts of the day it is time for a change. Too many landscape photographers looking the same has given me a gentle nudge to move on.
The Formatt-Hitech filter that I blogged about has still not arrived from the United Kingdom. As you recall the filter, my second of this type was horribly flawed. Half of the image was out of focus.
I had wanted to do some more long exposures earlier today. The skies seemed right and there was a terrific wind blowing from the west so I convinced one of my daughters on break from university to make the short trip out of town.
Because I did not yet have my 16 stop neutral density filter in my hands I did the next best thing or so I thought I piggy backed a Tiffen 10 stop neutral density filter with a Marumi 8 stop variable density filter. The images came out sharp, the ones where the camera wasn’t shaken by the wind that was but there were some other weird things going on.
All of my photos had a strange red/magenta cast to them. The highlights in the sky were pink and the ground was a bright red. I had to check to see that I hadn’t accidentally used my camera body converted for infrared the colors were so off. There was also a dark streak down the middle of the frame kind of the opposite of vignetting.
After having discarded the images where the tripod had been blown by the wind I was left with THREE photos to use. The image was converted to black and white. Almost immediately things started to look better. I am not sure that I could have used the image as a color one if I had wanted to so bad was the red/magenta cast.
What you see in the upper clouds is the result of the wind blowing fiercely from my back towards the grain bins. I had some beautiful skies when shooting into the wind but those ended up being the ones ruined by tripod movement.
So what did I learn today besides a lesson in frustration?
I learned that stacking my two neutral density filters isn’t a good thing. It is also a good idea to weigh the tripod down with a heavy weight when the winds are so strong. The shakey image wasn’t visible on the back of my camera display. It was only at home on the computer that it became apparent how bad the shake was.
A few mistakes today that haven’t discouraged me today. Mistakes that serve to motivate and make me a better photographer. If you aren’t making any mistakes you are playing too safe and that is never a good thing.
Hopefully the replacement filter makes it here soon and is not flawed because I am looking forward to taking a few days trip around the province and into the next with the intent of trying out some more new ideas.
As always happy shooting,