I've always been someone who believes that a photographer's vision is more important than their gear. You don't need the most expensive, high-end camera to enjoy photography and get good results.

That said, it's always nice when you do get a new piece of gear that can help realise your vision just that wee bit more. So recently, I treated myself to a new filter system (the Formatt Hitech Firecrest system) and included an ND 6 stop filter, along with the polarizer in the holder.

What that allows you to do is have longer exposure times, even when there is still daylight. This is particularly useful if you are shooting water, as it allows you to go for long enough exposures to capture something of the movement in the water.

Last weekend, I got my first chance to try it out at the north coast. There was a lot of wind, and the sea had a great swell to it, so there were plenty of waves to experiement with. Sometimes there were moody grey skies, sometimes wonderful light at sunset. But the varied conditions meant I was able to have a good wee experiment around with the filters - and enjoy the whole experience!


I've included some technical details for each of the shots below in case you're interested in my camera settings. For each, I also used the Firecrest Polarizer and the 6 stop ND Firecrest filter.


After sunset at the Giant's Causeway

f/8, 170 seconds, 10mm

f/8, 180 seconds, 10mm

f/9, 110 seconds, 10mm

Sunrise at the Giant's Causeway

f/13, 1.5 seconds, 55mm

Afternoon at Dunluce Castle

f9 1.4 seconds, 18mm

f/8, 0.5 seconds, 10mm

f/8, 1.5 seconds, 10mm

Sunset at Magheracross

f8, 2.5 seconds, 10mm

f/6.4, 3 seconds, 18 mm (cropped)

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