Freezing Time


I’ve not focused on technique so far in these posts because most often that kind of camera talk is really dull, but there is one bit of kit which has really altered my photography recently- the snappily named ND110 filter.

This is basically a bit of the kind of glass that welders put over their eyes to protect them from extremely bright light. You can barely see a thing through this glass unless some very powerful light is in front of you- everything else is completely black.

So why on earth would anyone want to put something like this in front of a camera lens?

Because it allows us in bright daylight, when normally every shot has to be a quick one, to leave the shutter open for tens of seconds or even minutes and create pictures like this:

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Yes, I know that is not exactly local- so once again my challenge was to see if I could do anything as good around here.

Once again, any of these pictures will open larger if you click on them.

First off one of my favourite (and previously blogged) locations, Dunorlan Park:


I liked  the way that the water freezes here making everything so cold and I went on to try out the same technique during the Tonbridge floods:


I also  liked seeing how the blurring of clouds could contrast with the straight lines of old and new buildings:

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Finally, further afield in Brighton, I tried mixing together a really long exposure with a faster one to create a set of ghosts:




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