Stowe Landscape Gardens

I decided to take today off to travel to Stowe Landscape gardens to experiment with long exposures. I recently acquired a Tiffen aXent ND 3.0 filter and this was my first time using it. I am very happy with the results - this is a great bit of kit! 

I had to screw the ND filter off every time I wanted to compose the shot which was a bit of a faff! I also had to ensure I focussed with the ND filter off and then remembered to switch to manual focus to before I took the shot, to make sure the camera didn't lose focus by trying (and failing) to acquire focus through the ND filter. There was also lots of duck poo to cope with!! I love these sorts of challenges (apart from the poo!) so had a great time. It started raining not long after I took this shot which brought the outing to a close.

Long Exposure

I've recently been experimenting with long exposures. It's something I've always wanted to get into. It's possible to get some really interesting effects using this technique. For example, it's possible to make a crowded street appear complete empty and devoid of people. 

I've only just started using the technique but am already pleased with the shots that are being produced. Below is an image from earlier today.