More of the mind-blowing skyscapes we were getting here most evenings while the monsoon storms came through. It’s a little drier now, so the clouds aren’t always as dramatic. Also I’ve grown a little bored of hanging out on the sea-wall and shooting out over the ocean, as it gets a little samey after a while.
These two photographs were taken a few minutes apart, of the same sunset but using very different techniques. The first is really just a high-contrast point-and-shoot, with a polarizing filter used to bring out the lines in the sky. The second shot is reverting back to my own personal favourite (though not its best application here I admit), the ND400 filter, a neutral-toned filter that reduces light by 400 times, allowing the shutter to stay open in strong light conditions. The result is that clouds and water features blur. I don’t have a tripod with me, so this is hand-balanced on a domed post, not optimal conditions for a silky-smooth shot. Because it takes a while to set up a shot with an ND400, I don’t use it that often- and on a rapidly-changing sunset, it can be hard to get more than a couple of usable shots (as well as using up all your time to take regular sunset shots). I hope to come up with some more creative applications when I get back to Australia in a few weeks’ time.