The day did not start the way I envisioned. You know, when it's the weekend, you may want to sleep in a bit. Slow to make coffee and wake up in a fashion that isn't full of guilt, but still make the best of a day off? That was the plan when I went to bed at 12:15 AM.
What wasn't in the plan was my internal alarm clock going off early, like 3:34 early. Yeah, like AM, early. I fought opening the eyes all the way, but it was useless especially after my cat heard me rustle the blankets. She made sure I would not forget to feed her. I swear she watches WWF when I am not home because she knows exactly how to pounce and get me to say "uncle" in a record amount of time.
The night before I did some reading on my next new exploration in photography: long exposure. I scoped out google maps and planned a day going to various harbors and beaches, starting in Salisbury, MA and shooting up to Rye, NH, possibly further. Now because my alarm clock was askew, I would get there just before or at sunrise. Seeing I am about an hour away from the beach, the aggravation of not being able to sleep would hopefully have a reward. I peered out the window and it wasn't going to be a colorful sunrise. It was snowing.
Still, I hit the road. I was determined to try something new and embrace the black and white world of winter. I have a very expensive variable ND filter I wanted to try and figure out and now is as good a time as ever. Alright, maybe if it was about 20 degrees warmer outside would be the best time to fumble with filters and stuff, but no time like the present!
I wound up at a state park somewhere in NH. The parking lot was desolate, except for a few brave dog owners. I walked to the inlet with the camera bag and my tripod and set up shop.
As I was shooting, I realized why I stopped trying long exposure photography with the variable ND filter last year: it was lousy. If I cranked it up to the maximum density, a cross hatch appeared in all my photos. Then the flood of research that I had done last year hit me: the cross hatch issue was common and unavoidable with a wide angle lens. At the time I was disappointed, because I love shooting wide angle. And as I stood there staring at the messed up images today, I was just as disappointed all over again. It was then I remembered that I did buy a step up ring (AND I had it with me) and decided to try it on the 60-250 lens. Much better!
So here are some results. I need to find the sweet f-stop for this lens of mine. But for the time being, I find the image above and the two below to be promising. This could be fun.