Yesterday morning I got at up 3am to drive down to Point Lonsdale to get the sunrise. My main reason for going was to try out the Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filters that Maxwell International Australia have loaned to me to try out. They have also sent me two extra ones, the grad ND8 and the full ND8, so I thought I could also try some stacking.
We left home at 4.30, my daughter wanted to come too, a chance for a road trip and another chance to listen to Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 in the car. I don’t know why, but she loves listening to music in the car. So we headed out with Taylor Swift singing in the car and me driving in the dark. I had thought that we would be too late for the sunrise, and I was right.
I could see it happening as we were driving down, so I stopped in Geelong and took this photo of it over the bay. It was nice, not a great spectacular one, but I do want to get more of them.
We still had over half an hour to get to Point Lonsdale so I pretty much knew that I had missed the sunrise there. I need to plan these things better. When google maps tell you that it will take 2 hours to get there, then it is a good idea to remember that and not think you know better. I also found it so hard to get up that early so I think I am going to start trying to get up earlier each day, and once a week go somewhere to get the sunrise. I am hoping if I get used to doing it, then I will not have as much trouble doing it.
Part of the reason for going, as I said, was to experiment with the filters I have. I didn’t experiment with the coloured ones, just the Neutral Density Filters.
The images in the gallery above are all of the same thing, but had different filters, or different combinations of filters. I have put a caption under each one so you will know what I did for each one. It was good to see how they all work, and I’m still trying to figure out what I am doing. I did notice that when you stacked the ND8 filters I got some magenta colour casting, but then at the end I tried it again, but closed the eye piece on the camera and I didn’t seem to get much colour casting.
Once I did this I pretty much left the grad ND8 on the camera and just took some photos around the area. I didn’t move off the jetty as the tide was in and I couldn’t really get down on beach, but I am happy with the images I got.
I am going to leave you with the other images today in a gallery. It is raining here this morning, so no photos today outside, well not now. I hope you have a good weekend.