Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A noob's experience with ND4 filter

After pressing the shutter for nearly 2 years now, I came to a conclusion that I am still a newbie when it comes to photography. I have tried doing the macro, some portraiture, some still life and landscape but I do concentrate more on the landscape because I find it fulfilling. Being a photo hobbyist, I can say that I do experiment most of the time even if I have attended some workshops and classes about basic photography. You see, even my shots can tell how naive I am especially I know squat about post processing.

The other day, we've been to Dubai to watch the sunset at Jumeirah Open beach. Dressed with my usual jeans and shirt, off we went to hit the road with my camera bag and made sure that my ND4 filter is attached to my ever reliable camera. I was a bit worried though because of the humidity. Dubai's weather has been unrelenting in terms of humidity over the past few days.

We reached the place after 2 hours of long drive. I was right. Visibility was reduced to about 30%. My eye glasses can tell  how humid the weather was hahahaha! I couldn't see anything. Despite the hot and humid weather, I have tried everything to take some decent snaps. Here are some of my shots with and without ND4 filter. Bottom line: I simply wanted to see the effect of ND4 filter on water. I have tried it twice. One with clear, blue sky and in broad daylight and the other one was during my vacation; a dusk at Bagasbas beach.
without ND4 filter

with ND4 filter

with ND4 filter
Conclusion: I will not use my ND4 filter again when I'm shooting sunset at the beach. I'd rather play with the shutter speed and aperture value. Oh yeah, I know that you might chuckle after reading this post especially if you're a PRO, but this is me; a NOOB and a photoblogger.
This post is linked to Watery Wednesday hosted by 2sweetnsaxy.

Word of the day: jadeed is the Arabic word for newbie/beginner (it may also mean new if you are talking about a thing). Salaam!

6 comments:

  1. Yep, looks much better without. I am playing around with an ordinary polarizing filter right now. Came to the conclusion last night that it doesn't work at night. Welcome to the NOOB world!

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  2. Kung NOOB ka ano na lang tawag sakin hahaha. I don't even mess with the other feature in my camera hahaha.

    My Watery Wednesday post, have a nice day!

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  3. Kung NOOB ka ano na lang tawag sakin hahaha. I don't even mess with the other feature in my camera hahaha.

    My Watery Wednesday post, have a nice day!

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  4. i like shots that are sooc, they look more real than surreal. ^0^
    in that case, without the filter was my fave,
    i was going to buy myself one too but had doubts if whether it's helpful or not, thanks for the heads up. ^0^

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  5. Gorgeous scenery and lovely photos. You did great! Happy Watery Wednesday!

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