GND Filter

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Yanbu Al Nabah

Twenty-seven still images (each at f/22, 1/5 sec, ISO100, 18mm, just between 6:24 and 6:25 pm).

Taken somewhere about 50 kilometers off the Yanbu town proper. Few structures are within the vicinity and that smoke spewing thing in the background is the Yanbu Cement Company (about 6 kilometers away). We were in this spot to camp and fish, and also a chance for me to really try and experiment with the GND.

Sunset from the south rim of the Chisos Mountains. Still one of the cooler places I’ve backpacked to, the view from here is endless as you gaze across the border into the mountains of Mexico.

Big Bend National Park - April 2014

Shot notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
8 second at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter

“Kebler Pass”

A valley of endless golden aspen under the snow dusted Beckwith Peaks.  This is my little secret place I like to venture off the main road of Kebler Pass, where I can always have this view to myself.  I make sure to walk down this trail every autumn to watch a sunset.

Kebler Pass, Colorado - September 2012

Shot Notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 135mm fuji lens
1 second at f22, polarizer and 2 stop soft GND filter

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Purple Carpet of Flowers by Alex Burke
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Near Greeley, Colorado - May 2015 Provia 100f 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens 6 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

“A Splash of Colour”
I think this might be the first time I tried my GND filter. (graduated neutral density filter) I bought 2 of them and I think I used them both for this timelapse, which is why the field is so bright.
I probably should have bought one long ago, since my main focus is landscape timelapse photography. I think it’s a much better solution than blending different exposures, especially for timelapse video purposes.
This is 319 photos merged into one image using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop. I merged the first 26 photos from the timelapse using the comets preset from this script advancedstacker.com

A dramatic morning storm dumped rain, hail, sleet and snow on me while I watched the sunrise over Bear Lake.  There was such a nice mix of oranges and reds up there this year :)

Shot Notes:

Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens

1 second at f22, 1 stop soft GND filter

Not To Look

Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. January 2015

I remember how the late HRH King Abdullah was in my head while doing this shot, for some reason. Second was my slight sorrow on how many plastic materials were stuck in these thorny bushes, and how I wished they would miraculously disappear at least in the photo. Probably blown from the irresponsible beach picnickers some 150 meters away. Lighting difference caused by three stacked GND filters.

This was one of the highlights from my travels this autumn.  I found this spot a couple hours before sunset and figured I’d set up and wait for light.  I had the place all to myself, but It was mostly cloudy out so I didn’t know what to expect.  After a while of waiting the sky started dumping rain on me, but I put on the rain gear and enjoyed the solitude.  Right as the rain was getting to its strongest, I noticed the sky brightening up so I had a glimmer of hope that something would happen.  Then suddenly a double rainbow appeared and stayed incredibly brilliant for almost 5 minutes!  I watched the light come and go on the aspens and found this to be the perfect time to take the shot.

Shot Notes:
Velvia 50 4x5, 75mm Super Angulon
2 seconds at f22, polarizing filter and 2 stop soft GND filter

“Poudre Moonset”

Fog and a setting full moon over a small lake near Greeley, Colorado.  The Poudre Trail has several public open spaces where one can enjoy the crisp morning air and watch a sunrise.  As this is not far from where I live, I’ve enjoyed countless mornings with this peaceful view.

Near Greeley, CO - November 2010

Shot Notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Super Angulon.

4 seconds at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter

A foggy April morning at Dream Lake.  When I arrived at the lake before sunrise it was completely fogged in, but I was excited to see that Dream Lake was right at the snow line from the latest spring storm and everything was nicely frosted.  I decided to wait out the sun for a while, seeing how I was the only person there it was a very pleasant morning.  Eventually the fog started to break up just enough to see the peaks and i had exactly the photo I wanted!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - April 2015

Shot Notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
1 second at f32, 1 stop soft GND filter

A few weeks ago I took the short hike to Lake Isabelle, but found the winds were blowing hard leaving large waves on the lake and not a chance for a reflection.  This ended up being a good thing because it forced me out of my lakeside comfort zone and got me looking for different compositions.  I found this nice scene high up on the rocks just before the sunrise lit up the sky and peaks in brilliant colors!

Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado - July 2015

Shot Notes:

Velvia 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
4 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

“Flooded Cottonwood”

Looking more like a scene from a swamp in Louisiana, these cottonwoods stood in the flooded waters of the Big Thompson River during the major floods of September 2013.  It was unbelievable to see all the destruction from the catastrophic event, but this scene reminded me that there’s beauty in everything nature brings.  A classic Colorado plains sunrise lit up the sky during the perfect reflection.

Near Milliken, Colorado - October 2013

Shot Notes:

Portra 160 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
10 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter

I found this composition in the backcountry of the Snowy Range a few years ago, but I had to return this summer with better skies. This unnamed peak almost glows in the predawn light of late summer, and this particular pond reflects the scene perfectly. There’s literally hundreds of lakes in this small mountain range which leaves a lot more exploring to do!

Snowy Range, Wyoming - August 2015

Shot notes:

Velvia 50 4x5, 90mm Caltar lens
8 seconds at f22, 2 stop soft GND filter