Friday’s Bits and Bobs
It has been a relatively quiet week here, though the weather has been a lot better and I think many of us are hoping that might mean the end of the rain, well so much of it. We never want the rain to completely disappear, but it would be nice if we had a week or two of no rain, unfortunately I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon. All the images in this post were taken the other day when I went to Lorne to get some photos with a friend.
The first image in this post is one that was taken on the rocks near Lorne. Recently John Holding told me about a neutral density filter that was 400+ and I thought it sounded fantastic. I thought I might try and get one. I had no idea how much they were, or what brand he had, so I went searching on the internet. I found one that was a 3-in-1 filter, so apparently covered a few different types of neutral density filter. Okay it did only cost $12, so I didn’t have high expectations, but you never know, right. Well it was exactly as I thought it would be, crap. It gave the images a weird sort of lighting, though for fun and trying some stuff it could be interesting.
I have always used the Cokin Filter system, the one that has a bracket that you screw onto the end of your lens and you slide the filter you want to use into that. However, I’m discovering that it isn’t very good for wide angle lenses, you end up with bit of the bracket in the corners of your photos. I also find that I don’t end up using the filters much because you can’t just put it on the lens and then wander around with it, or put the camera in and out of your camera bag. So, I’ve been thinking that since I do have a favourite lens that I seem to use most of the time when I am going out, maybe I should get some filters specifically for that one.
I have done my research and I have decided that I want to use Hoya filters. They seem to be good value for money and it seems I can get them fairly easily here in Australia. So, I thought I might get a polariser than can almost live on the end of my lens, some neutral density filters, especially the 400+, and there is one that Justin Avery was telling me about, a HD Filter Protector, that I think would be a great addition as well. I am not sure when I will get these, but I will keep you up to date, and tell you how I find them.
This Sunday is the first of the Sunday Social Snappers Excursions, and I am excited about this one. We are going to the Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, and it looks like we will be able to do a tour inside the Exhibition building. I have wanted to go in there when there was nothing on for so long. It will be so good to see the building on its own with no other distractions on. It is such a beautiful building, and I know I will take lots of photos of it.
There are still places available for my six week Practical Photography Course that I do in Eltham, so if you are interested in learning to use your camera and take photos in different situations, then please check out the Practical Photography Course at Living & Learning Nillumbik.
Photographing the Stars
There is another New Moon this weekend, so it is the perfect time for getting out and photographing the Milky Way, or doing some star trails. I tried doing some in Aireys Inlet the other night on the way back from Lorne, but there were too many clouds in the sky. I am hoping that this weekend the clouds will go away and and I can get some clear nights. Now remember, John did a post on Astrophotography for those of you who would like to try it out. Just remember to focus your lens on infinity before you go out, or do it during the day, and turn off your autofocus. Good luck.
That’s about it from me this week. Hope your week hasn’t been as quiet as mine, though busy weekend planned ahead.