At the end of the year, we have a "Secret Santa" game in our company. Each one of us is a Santa to someone else, and everyone has their own Santa (whose identity is unknown). Each "Santa" should buy a present for their "client". We have an agreement over the budget for the presents.
This year I put several things on my wishlist (yes, we have that too), and my Santa brought me one of the list items - a couple of neutral density (ND) filters.
I didn't wait much - the first weekend was planned for going out and testing the filters. Of course, my first thought was that I need to find some kind of water flow, so I went to the Kolubara river near Lajkovac, in Serbia. It was a cloudy day, there was not a lot of light around - I couldn't ask for the better weather for the long exposure :).
I found a place where an improvised dam used to be. Of course, it was not thought of, planned and constructed in a proper manner, so it took only about a few months for the river to crash it and to continue flowing normally. But it did leave a bunch of large stones, which now have the moss all over them, and they create some dramatic-looking rapids. And as a bonus, there was a weekend-house in the background.
One of the larger stones with a flat surface served very well as a foundation for my tripod. I screwed my two filters (ND4 + ND8) on my Nikkor 18-55 (which was at its tele-end), closed the aperture as much as I could (f/22), and took a test shot to check how exposed the photo would be. After a few refinements, I thought I have got the best result with an 8-seconds exposure.
When I got home, I looked at the photos on a bigger screen, and there was not much post-processing needed. Just a few small tweaks of highlights and shadows. And voilà, there was the final result.
What do you think? I would appreciate your feedback :)
See ya later,