Creating mystery with a neutral density filter


Sometimes too much sunshine isn’t the best for image making inspiration. Today’s project was to create some dark, both literally and metaphorically, and mysterious images. Putting a 10 stop neutral density (ND) filter on the Fuji XF 56mm and shooting at F1.2 to 1.4 meant that even 1/60s on the X-T1 was going to be very underexposed. Bright sunshine comes in handy, creating some very high contrast subject matter. Add to that the color shift that occurs with all ND filters – in this case towards the red – which I have left in some images, converting the others to BW to simplify the subjects even more.




All images © Simon Shaw 2014


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