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Mysterious Light…

by on Jan.29, 2013, under Life, Photography

Well – there isn’t a lot of mystery really… this is what happens when I don’t cover the viewfinder when doing a long exposure (during the day) using the ten stop ND filter (and some… + CPL + 3 stop GradND)… and I get some mystery light leakage over the image 🙂

With my D7000 I didn’t really have to do this – at worst just draping the camera strap over the eyepiece was enough but I’ve found with the D600 I really do have to use that viewfinder cover or suffer the consequences. Perhaps it’s an FX (full frame) sensor thing with a larger viewfinder, mirror box, etc? who knows – all I know is my daughter likes this one better :)… I guess it kinda does have that serendipitous random nature Aurora Borealis look to it.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.


NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 120 sec at f/8, ISO 400

and here is the very next frame (where I used the cover) and what I was expecting to get – same exposure settings (120 sec @ f/8, ISO 400 and 19mm) with a slight change to the composition (rotated left a little to get a little more bridge in (all the wires)). These are both basically straight out of camera with the same minimal processing

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 120 sec at f/8, ISO 400

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