Hi guys, when I was in Melbourne (St Kilda), I wanted to photograph the famous Luna Park.
Different Way of Photographing Landmarks
I wanted to photograph these attractions in a slightly unusual way. I used a 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter in front of my camera so that I can get cloud movements behind me. Also, when people walk in front of my lens, they don’t actually appear in the images.
Highlights from this video:
0:18: Luna Park, Melbourne
0:21 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
Before Shot – Fast Shutter Speed
Here’s a before image of the Luna Park. That’s a fast shutter speed and you know, cars and people walk in front of it. This looks like an average travel snapshot – not too impressive.
After Shot – Long Exposure (Very Slow Shutter Speed)
Now look at this one. This is the long exposure at about 2-minute exposure and you can see that I’ve got cloud movement. People are actually walking in front and cars are driving along the way, but you don’t see them.
Travel Photography Tip (ND Filter)
That’s why use this little trick when I’m travelling. I bring along my 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter and I put it in front of the camera. It really slows down the shutter speed for me to be able to get the cloud movement.
What do you think? Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
This is Brent, have an awesome day!
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awesome shots brent .. only problem is that at this end some of the equipment you use is not easy to get .. i’ll keep following you nonetheless
what is your nd brand name that u swear by
Hi Gene. I use LEE filters and the filer holder – the 10 stop ND filter is call the BIG STOPPER. I have all details on exactly which filters I use and where I got them from in my Long Exposure Landscape Photography Course here: https://brentmailphotography.com/shop/long-exposure-landscape-photography
Thanks for the great tips.
Can I ask how do you get the vivid colours. I notice a big difference between your normal photo and long exposure photo – the latter colours being solid and vivid and warm.
I edit in light room. I have a video in my course: https://brentmailphotography.com/shop/art-of-travel-photography where I show you exactly how I edit that image – from start to finish. Enjoy. Brent
Very interesting – would these filters help when trying to soften the water in a sunrise shot and get the clouds like in your video
Hi Lyn, yes they will make the water like milk and you will get cloud movement. You will however need a graduated ND filter too for sunrise or sunset photography, because of the difference in light intensity of the sun and the foreground. Brent
Thanks, my friend; I’ll give this a try tomorrow!
Keep the good stuff coming!
Cool Dave – you will love this type of photography. Brent
Thanks Brent. You have convinced me that my next piece of photography equipment should be a neutral density filter. Fantastic shots. Might need to go on my own, I’m sure my family would lose patience 🙂
Glenn, you might be interested in my Long Exposure Course, I give you a list of all my equipment (filters, filter holder, filter rings, grad ND filters etc) and were I got it from too. https://brentmailphotography.com/shop/long-exposure-landscape-photography
An old technique – but it was the film speed that forced long exposures – For some reason it seems to me that long exposure pictures have an increase in depth, quality and an aesthetic that just makes them much more beautiful. I really enjoyed and appreciated the effort you put in your excellent photos.
Thanks Thomas. I really love the look of long exposure landscapes – ever since I got my first 10 stop ND filter about 4 years ago. Thanks for the kind words. Brent
Neutral density filters take us back to the “old days” 🙂