Autumn Light

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Autumn Light

I captured this image beginning of November in one of our local moors in the morning before sunrise when the fog was still in the air. It was difficult to get to this position and to find a suitable position for my tripod. I used my Fuji X-T1 / 18-55 kit zoom / f9 / 1/60 sec and a ND grad (3 stops) filter to balance the brighter sky against the darker foreground. 10 sec timer. Happy days. Reinhold

25 thoughts on “Autumn Light

  1. Beautiful landscape, well worth the effort. I’ve given up on using my expensive 100mm graduated ND filter when shooting into a sunrise/sunset – always get some degree of lens reflection. As you eluded, I have more success with combining multiple exposures. Cheers!

    • I am using the LEE Seven5 filter system. I usually get away with shooting into the sunlight. May be my Fuji X-T1 and lens avoid lens flares effectively. But I am with you. Technically I would do the same. But I like the process. Thanks and happy days. Reinhold

      • Thanks Reinhold, my issue is I get a reflection on the inside graduated ND filter of the front inside black metal rim of the lens and the black matt metal of the filter holder. Have you ever had that issue?

      • No, not really. If I shoot directly into the sun… which I normally don’t do… I get lens flares, but no reflections. I see these flares on the screen or in the EVF of my camera. A little movement of the lens to the left or right side will eliminate these flares.

  2. Gorgeous light. Love the fog/mist in the centre of the frame.

    I’ve never bought or used a ND filter, but I really should, as the extremes in light at dawn and dusk would be worth capturing here in Australia.

    I do find my Sony a6000 captures a good shot set on the Intelligent Auto setting though. About the only time I use the Auto setting on either camera. It seems to take 3-4(?) shots in quick succession and blends them in lightning speed and you end up with a decent capture of the scene you see with your own eyes.

    • I think ND grad filter are technically not required anymore. Stopper and big stopper only if you are into long exposures. A polarizer is the only filter which I think is a must. I use the filter system for a different purpose. I shoot nearly all of my images with a tripod. I use my camera in manual mode only. And I use filter to get a balanced exposure in camera. All this slows me down. I like going through this process. Before that I shot 50-100 images on a tour. Today I shoot 5 – 10 images, sometimes less. A camera system which helps me to avoid my procedure is the wrong one for me. I like being out in fog and rain and cold weather. Greetings and smiles to down under. Stay save! Smiles. Reinhold

      • I’ve sold and traded lenses a few years ago and my polarising filters no longer fit. Shame my frugal Pension doesn’t allow me to update filters now. Have to make do with what I’ve got. I suspect your eyesight is a bit better than mine too. I love the challenge of bird photography…..just capturing a bird in reasonable focus is a winner in my (now) rare outings.

      • I know that problem. It may sound as if I am well on my way with my camera gear. I am using my Fuji X-T1 and a 18-55 kit zoom for a few years now. The animal shot was captured with the cheapest consumer tele lens from Fuji (180 € / new). I have one ND grad filter, a big stopper and a polarizer (Lee Seven5). And that’s it. And an old Manfrotto tripod. Solid but heavy. I do my best to squeeze good results out of my camera bag. May be there will be a small budget next year to buy the Fuji X-T3 and a prime lens. We will see. Fingers crossed. I need new glasses next year. My eyesight is getting worse too. But no retreat, no surrender. Pick up your camera and off you go. We have to be in it to win it. Happy days. Reinhold

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