Stormy Seas, Sandbags and the Big Rush

Maroochydore Beach, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

After the big Buderim Falls expedition, we dropped by Maroochydore to see what the big seas were like and Garry showed us the sandbag barrages that are used to reduce beach erosion.

ND400 utilised for this broad daylight exposure.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 23rd May 2009, This photo: 3:06pm

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  • leadegroot said:
    A local on the beach told us that the sandbags are made of recycled soft drink bottles. Makes sense - plastic won't be as vulnerable to the elements as a natural fibre fabric, but -amazing! They look very cloth-ey
  • mitchell burns said:
    cool shot, when i use my nd 400 in the day it always comes out with a blue purple ting, and i need to edit them alot to get the colour back... what do you do, do u focus on the subject, then put the filter on? cause i don't think im using mine correctly :S
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Very nice work Dave - I have a feeling I'll need to get one of these very soon.
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    Love the sky and clouds in Australia..well click..Friend..
  • David de Groot said:
    I focus with the filter on, and don't have an issue with colour.
    They're pretty nifty :)
    Thanks :)
  • Xenedis said:
    Shots with rushing water (headed right at you) are always fun. :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye :) And my shoes only got moist once.
  • Dylan Toh said:
    great shot - beach photography is such a wonderfully relaxing thing to do - nice to get results liek this too - I only hate cleaning the tripod afterward
  • David de Groot said:
    I've still got to clean the tripod, finished cleaning all the filters this arvo.
  • Xenedis said:
    Shoes getting moist? Bah. I was waist-deep in water. None of this sissy "moist shoes" routine for me. Mine were saturated, along with the rest of me.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah buy my kit stayed perfectly dry :P
  • Xenedis said:
    That's no fun! :-)
  • Garry' said:
    Focus with the filter...ehhhhhh, I can't do that. Nice shot Dave, that's the one you got "just" before you jumped back right.
    Seen in the group"Brisbane Meetup" (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    You just need to block stray light and let your eye adjust to the dark view. Since most of the time something this dark is only going to be used in daylight, it's not a problem.
    Yeah, this is the one before the shot I had to jump back from.
  • Ross_M said:
    Nice work Dave I will be trying more of this sort of thing myself. Thanks for the tips
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ross :) I dunno about the Nikon's but on a Canon you need to overexpose by about 1.5 to 2.5 stops according to the meter as it doesn't handle the darkness of the filter too well.
  • looby88 said:
    certainly very colourful, is the 5D producing more saturated images, or is it the filter, or are you just going for a more colourful phase at the moment ?!? I know my photos are often bland- say as compared to a Nikon- or so I have been told !! I shoot in raw and rarely alter the colour much, perhaps I should. Interesting- the sandbags etc, I've had a coat- a fleece made out of recycled plastic
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well I tweaked the colours a little in this one. The ND400 does produce slightly more saturated colours, but then I change the camera profile in Lightroom to "Camera Landscape" and fiddle with a couple of sliders, and voila!
  • looby88 said:
    there.... just like that !!!
  • aaardvaark said:
    What light loss comes with the ND400? 4 stops? And can you explain why you need to adjust the exposure, unless it's due to light getting in around your eye?
    I have a 4-stop filter but it doesn't get me down enough in the one situation I tried.
    Great result!
  • David de Groot said:
    8.5 to 9 stops on an ND400 - It's seriously dark. As for the adjustment, I think it's because the filter is so dark that camera's meter circuit becomes confused, or that light transmittance through the filter isn't the same as without (i.e. it may block IR or something like that).