Playing with Filters

Besides the Titorah Hill mentioned a few posts ago, Tel Aviv is also a favorite location for me. It has everything – The Botanic Park (next to the university), the Diamond Exchange, the Carmel Market, the beach.. Spending the last 2 years has given me more than a few opportunities to shoot at said locations.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter, -5 exposure compensation, 3s, f/13, ISO 100 @ 18mm

Back in February, my boyfriend gave me 2 filters as part of his gift for our 2 year anniversary. (The 2nd part of the gift was going to Nadav Bagim’s macro workshop).

I got a HOYA polarizing filter (CIR-PL) and a HOYA PROND-32. Both 67mm, for my NIKKOR 18-105mm lens.

A polarizing filter is mainly used to deal with reflections (and to suppress some of the glare coming from the surface of water), basically great for water/sea photography.

The ND (neutral density) filter is used to reduce the ammound of light that’s reaching the sensor, without chaning the hue of the colors. The number (2,4,8,16,32…) indicates how many f-stops you need to reduce in order to get the same exposure as you would get without the filter mounted on your lens. For example, if you set your camera on manual mode, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/200s and f/11, and then you mount on an ND32 filter, you’ll need to reduce 5 f-stops to get the same exposure (the settings you’ll be using would be ISO 100, 1/200s, f/2). It’s mainly used for long exposure photos, mainly of water.

I found a nice page explaining about ND filters, you can read more about it here 🙂 Also, a good explanation about polarizing filters can be found here.

All the photos in this post were taken at Tel Aviv’s beach. The photos are from 2 different sessions, one was near Jaffa, and the other one was near Banana Beach (right next to what used to be the Dolfinarium Club). I started these trips at the Carmel Market (Taking the bus from my work at around 4,5 PM so I can make it to sunset), and wlked along the esplanade.

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Canine friends along the way. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/10, ISO 100 @ 105mm

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Canine friends along the way. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/5.6, ISO 250 @ 105mm

Besides the long exposure photos, I took a few more shots:

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The deep shadows created by the sun look much more interesting in B&W. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100 @ 105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/160s, f/10, ISO 100 @ 105mm
DSC_9926Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100 @ 105mm

The first time I went there, I stopped near the former Dolfinarium club and climbed on the wave breaker located near it. I gotta say, climbing on a wet fence with sharp rocks and water (not so deep, but it would definitely ruin my gear if it fell in there.. And get me ingured) was pretty damn scary. Especially on my way back when it was super dark and I couldn’t see anything haha.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with CPL filter, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 800 @ 18mm

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My first attempt with the ND filter. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter, 1.6s, f/5, ISO 100 @ 32mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with CPL filter, 1/2s, f/5, ISO 100 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter, 6.3s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

I wasn’t the only one on the wave breaker. Apparently many people go there. Fishermen, couples, sometimes just bored kids.. I like how the fisherman on the photo kinda looks like a ghost 🙂

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter, 6s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

As it became darker,the water truned in to a huge mirror and the light coming from all bars, restraunts and hotels located on the beach reflected so nicely. The beach was coming to life once again.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with CPL filter, 1/2s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with CPL filter, 1/3s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with CPL filter, 1.4s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter, 5.5s, f/5, ISO 320 @ 18mm

The second time, I took the same route only I continued to the edge of the esplanade, which ends near Jaffa. This time I climbed on a different wave breaker, much easier to get on, with less chance of slipping off. I think I was a bit more experienced with these filters, I think.

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A nice view of Jaffa. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100 @ 105mm

I worked with a negative exposure compensation beacuse it was still too bright for long exposure photos.

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter,exposure compensation -5,  1.6s, f/29, ISO 100 @ 34mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter,exposure compensation -5, 4s, f/11, ISO 100 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter,exposure compensation -2, 25s, f/4.5, ISO 100 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter,exposure compensation -5, 4s, f/11, ISO 100 @ 18mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm with ND32 filter,exposure compensation -5, 4s, f/11, ISO 100 @ 18mm

I hope I’ll have another chance to go there some time soon, maybe in the next couple of days 🙂

Also, one of the perks of long exposure photography is that you can do other stuff while waiting for your camera. Like this:

High quality images are avaliable on my flickr account 🙂

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