The Haida 10 Stop ND Filter

I’ve been looking for a ND filter on a budget for doing long exposures. The Lee Big Stopper is pretty expensive when you factor in the cost of the foundation kit holder and then the wide angle lens adaptor. If you’re a landscape photographer and you often use the same lens then there is nothing wrong with a screw on filter and some patience.

At around £35 depending on where you buy the Haida 10 Stop ND filter for 77mm threaded lenses is an absolute bargain. You’re probably thinking that for that money you’d get a plastic filter with pretty bad build quality but that just is not the case with the Haida. It comes in a nicely packaged and branded cardboard box and has it’s own padded plastic case to keep the filter safe when not in use. They have a Pro II version which is multicoated and scratch resistant for a little more money.

Here are a few images I shot today over the space of an hour or so in different locations. I’ve converted to black and white because that’s what I like but the colour cast is not that bad, in fact it’s easily removed in post and is definitely not as bad as I’ve seen in other filters. I’ve done little to these images other than the black and white conversion.

Stormy Weather (re–edit)

This is a re–edit of a previous photograph that I posted last year. I didn’t think I had managed to get the exposure and contrast the way I wanted and the new image shows the drama more clearly. I think it’s also closer to what I had seen. The heavens opening and the sun breaking through creating an amazing contract between the dark clouds and their sunlit edges.

I’ve also given it a closer crop, giving a greater sense of scale with the man walking along the beach close to the edge of the frame with the other two thirds dominated by the clouds.

Stormy Weather

A massive weather front moves its way from West to East of Scotland. The weather at this time of the year and in late April always makes for dramatic cloud photographs. This September has been particularly volatile after parts of the UK where hit with the remnants of hurricane Katia which slammed into the Eastern US earlier in the month of September.

Triple Storm Weather Front Panorama

I actually captured this image yesterday but only got around to processing it today. It was captured on Monifieth beach in Angus, Scotland. The weather has been pretty crazy lately with lots of potential for dramatic cloud formations and that was what I was hoping to capture when I went down there. It was pretty awesome to see three seperate storms work their way across West to East showering Fife with what seemed like a crazy amount of rain.

You can view the large size image (3000px wide). If you want an idea of scale you’ll see a gentleman walking his dog on the extreme right of the image.

Portknockie Sunset

Portknockie (Scottish Gaelic: Port Chnocaidh, the hilly port) is a coastal village on the Moray Firth in northeast Scotland, in Moray. (Family historians will note that this Banffshire village’s name is written as Portknockies in the Old Parish Registers. This would suggest that the port’s name referred to not one, but two rocky hills at the hythe – the Port Hill and the Greencastle.) Nearby towns include Banff, Buckie, Findochty and Cullen. The village maintains a very good website of local information .

The village was founded in 1677 and it became a significant herring fishing port during the nineteenth century, although today only a handful of commercial inshore boats remain.

The town was on the railway network, until this closed in 1968.

A popular site in Portknockie is Bow Fiddle Rock, a large rock about 50 feet high just off the coast. The quartzite rock has a large sea arch, which somewhat resembles the bow of a fiddle.

Another historical site within the village is the Green Castle, which is located on a coastal promontory. This ancient coastal fort was revealed to date from 1000 BC and was inhabited until 1000 AD. The castle foundations can be seen, although now covered in grass.

Small numbers of seabirds nest on the coastal cliffs. These include Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Gull, Razorbill and Shag. Additionally Common Eider can be seen in and around the harbour and coves during the summer months.

 

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle (from Scottish Gaelic Dùn Fhoithear, “fort on the shelving slope”) is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about two miles (3 km) south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th–16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been an early fortress of the Dark Ages. Dunnottar played a strategic role in the history of Scotland from the Middle Ages through to the Enlightenment, because of the location: it overlooked the shipping lanes to northern Scotland; and is situated on a narrow coastal terrace that controlled land access to the coastal south via Portlethen Moss to Aberdeen during the medieval period.

The rainbow went as quickly as it arrived. Wasn’t as strong as I hoped but it’s still something special to me. Was quite stunning to see in front of your face as the rain was coming down and the sun setting behind me. Stunning sunsets in the West, beautiful rainbows in the East.

HDR Video Using 2 5d mark IIs

Ever wondered what HDR video looks like? Well take a look at this… created using two 5d mark IIs.

HDR Video Demonstration Using Two Canon 5D mark II’s from Soviet Montage on Vimeo.

For more information, check out their website sovietmontage.com.