On my trip to Washington last fall, I bought a 10-stop ND filter. I haven’t really had the time to play around with it much since the process of using it is so time-consuming.
However, yesterday and today I got the opportunity to spend some time in Drivdalen and at Kjøvangen taking photos with the filter.
The process of using such a filter is quite time-consuming. Since it takes away 99,9 percent of the light, it is impossible to use the viewfinder for composing. Thus, composition must be done either without the filter or by using high ISO snapshots.
The exposure easily runs into the hundreds of seconds, something that gives silky smooth water. This summer has been a wet summer in Norway, meaning lots of rain and lots of water in the rivers and waterfalls.
The dismal summer also means that the beaches are fairly empty (there is no such thing as bad weather, only different photo opportunities). Right next to our cabin there is a public beach with a nice quay. In the summer it has always been full of people, but today it was almost empty. Thus I found another opportunity to play around with the ND-filter.
In the last photo, some people arrived on the quay, but the since they didn’t manage to stay still for long periods of time, the effect was more like ghosts than real people…
This summer, I visited Orlando with my family. We visited Disney World, and I was fascinated by the attention to detail that all the theme parks have.
The little fountain above was just next to a cafeteria inside the park. Most people just sat there, and I would guess that most people just took it as part of the scenery without really reflecting over the details…
Also, the temple in the Asian part looked like it had been taken straight from the Asian jungle and dropped in place. Of course, it helps that the surrounding forest had a tropical feel (I think it would have looked strange in a Norwegian winter pine forest).
At the tiger enclosure, the attention to detail was also clear as seen in this wall painting of a tiger…
Not only the buildings were “authentic looking”. Someone had also thought through the details on the costumes of artists performing, as seen in these two “African” drummers.