After a two year hiatus from Killbear Provincial Park, a return visit to my former stomping grounds (for a week at a time in the summer anyway) was in order. A lot changes in two years…new camera, new lenses, lee filters, new tripod, and even a new backpack to carry all my gear. So I was pretty stoaked to spend a week doing what I love to do. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all about photography, spending hours at the beach during the day was in the mix too.
There’s a general overview of Killbear Provincial Park in a previous post (you can read that here) but this post is just going to stick to my photographic exploits.
|My goal while I was at Killbear, was to really put the Lee Filters Big Stopper to good use. The Big Stopper, like a pair of dark sunglasses, limits the amount of light hitting the sensor. This allows for long exposures even in the bright sun and in low light situations, extremely long exposures. The Big Stopper is a 10 stop filter (though I’ve found that the copy I have is actually an 11 stop). A polarizing filter adds two more stops. This means that you’ll be shooting 15-30 second exposures in the bright midday sun. And after the sun has set, we are talking 4 to 8 minute exposures. A long exposure like this gives waves that mystical, smokey, foggy look. It also gives me some time to pet my assistant.||svp|
Here are the pictures from my outing to Killbear. Each picture has some basic EXIF data to give an idea of the effect the effect of the big stopper (and polarizer when used). For most of the pictures, I composed the shot with some rocks in the foreground. I also used a wide lens to give you a feeling that you are standing right there in the shot. I also used several different graduated filters to balance out the exposure between the sky and the water. And a polarizer was used to reduce the reflections in the water and to add saturation.
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