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Amorgos sunsets

I watched JP Danko's tutorials about sunrise/sunsets and got inspired to explore neutral density filters and reverse graduated filters. I only shoot films so this complicated the process a little however, I find this part of the charm with film photography.

The first sunset was the first time I used my Formatt Hightec filter set and I was in a bit of a rush to get set up for the sunset. I have a chart on paper that acts as a light meter but at some points I gave up calculating and added time to my shutter speeds to avoid under-exposure. 

I used the Formatt Hitech 9 stop ND filter as well as a reverse graduated filter. On most of them I also used a polariser.

I realised it was difficult to see through the viewfinder because it was so dark and wasn't able to determine where the 'horizon' of the reverse grad filter was so I just guessed. However this filter was not apparent to me on any of the shots when I looked at them afterwards.

This picture is shot on 200 iso film, shutter speed about 1 second only as the 9 stop filter didn't slow down speed more than this (I like light flares…):

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This has longer shutterspeed, about ten seconds I reckon. I had to add extra ND filters on to the lens to slow down the speed enough. Also 200 iso:

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Also 200 iso:

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The following picture is taken another day and I attempted to get more of the ground in the picture for an interesting composition. It was impossible to get both the ground as well as the rest evenly exposed but I think this one worked best, where the ground is more exposed and the sky and sea is over-exposed… This one is 400 iso film:

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It was fun experimenting with the filters but shooting digital would have been a lot more convenient, especially as I couldn't see through the viewfinder any more because they became too dark. Next time I will experiment more with interesting compositions without the sun being in the frame for a more even exposure.

Thanks for an informative class, JP!

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