It has been tough finding something to shoot lately. I decided to try Brushy Creek park as I often see a barren tree in the water with a lot of white birds perched in it as I am driving past on the bridge. I thought that this would make a nice photo in the late afternoon sun. The birds didn’t show up, so I wandered down the bank of the creek a bit and settled in a spot.
I focused on a tree overhanging the creek with a bird in the water below. I put on my longest lens to try to get in close. The sky was very bright and a bit hazy, so I put on my filter kit with the grad filter to see how that would help. The photo below is shot with the grad filter.
It turns out that it is a bit difficult to use a grad filter on a zoom lens. At 160mm, the transition area of the filter is zoomed in and not as easy to detect and line up on the screen.
I decided to also take some brackets to make an HDR merge without the filter on. So, using the histogram, I took 5 pictures to merge later when I got home. Below is the resulting merged image using Lightroom. I did have a lot of issues with ghosting in the leaves and eventually had to set the ghosting to maximum to get a useable image.
The HDR merge made the sky much more orange. I was able to get sufficient data with the filtered single exposure to make a decent image. With only a single image, there is less chance of ghosting blur between the images as well. It is a bit difficult to use the filter with a zoom lens, but with some experimentation I made it work. So, I think I like the filtered image a bit better.
It wasn’t a very photographic day at the park, but I got to experiment a bit and perhaps learn a thing or two.
Thanks for reading.