this sunday we’ve been hiking along the Schynige Platte, one of the nicest hikes in Switzerland, being rewarded at the end of it with this magnificant lake. I am waiting for almost 3 years to photograph this lake during the night with stars trails and reflection of the mountains on the water…but is not easy as the perfect conditions are: moon in first or last quarter, cloudless night, no wind (for mirror effect) and to be a weekend and between june-september (else i’ll freeze to death)…make the math and you will see how often this happens in an year… 23rd july will be the first attempt this year.
as recently a friend of mine asked me how i get the landscape pictures and what filters do i use here were the steps:
1. manual exposure with polariser filter to bring up the blues and cut reflections to a minimum. notice how too bright sky moves your attention focus from the lake to the sky
2. using an Neutral Graduated Density filter , of strength 1.2 in this case, darkened the sky, but the exposure was still to short 1/40 and the water has ripples
3. adding an ND filter of 2.1 reduced the exposure to 4 seconds, enough to get a smooth effect. i am using Hitech filters for now, and when NDs of 2 or higher are used (single or as stacked results) color tint occurs, but the Lee Foundation and the Big stopper are on the way!!!