52 In 2015 Week 8 SOOC


For those of you who don’t know SOOC stands for Straight Out Of Camera. In other words, no adjustments in Lightroom or Photoshop, other than cropping and straightening. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a creative photograph. There’s all sorts of things you can do and for my first photograph I used a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter.

52 in 2015 Week 8 SOOC

Neutral density filters are used to reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor which means you can get longer exposures compared to not using an ND Filter. The 10 stop ND filter reduces the light reaching the camera’s sensor by 1000 times and as you can see it is almost black

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Using this filter I was able to achieve an exposure time of 98 seconds, that’s right 98 seconds. The effect of using this filter is to smooth out the wave action. The photograph below was taken immediately after the long exposure but this time without the ND filter. You can clearly see the waves, they’re not particularly strong but the ND Filter has done a good job, giving the image above a more creative dreamlike look and yet it is still SOOC.

Dog on Beach

I hope you enjoyed this little explanation of the 10 stop ND filter. If you are considering experimenting with one I would suggest you buy one of the cheaper alternatives. Yes I know the results won’t be the same as some of the more well-known and expensive brands but for experimenting why pay a fortune out for something you may use a few times and decide it’s not for you.

Search the web and you will find lots of recommendations for 10 Stop ND Filters, I read lots of articles before buying one from SRB Photographic. Although it’s probably one of the cheapest ones to buy, in tests Amateur Photographer scored it 4 out of 5, the same as the more expensive LEE and B+W offerings.

6 thoughts on “52 In 2015 Week 8 SOOC

    • Mike Hardisty February 22, 2015 / 08:52

      It does make a difference Yvonne but the downside is the amount of time you spend hanging around. 98 seconds to capture the scene and about the same time again for the camera to save the photograph to the memory card.

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  1. Tina Schell February 22, 2015 / 15:36

    Very nice Mike – must admit the ND filter isn’t my favorite tool altho you’ve shown how beautifully it can work. An SOOC challenge…..may have to impose that one on our photo club’s next Monthly Challenge!

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    • Mike Hardisty February 22, 2015 / 15:50

      I don’t use it that often Tina. I bought a cheapo one to experiment with and occasionally I’ll use it for something like this or a location with water where it’s a dull day and I just know the picture is going to be very flat.

      The SOOC was literally that. For those of us who shoot RAW we were not allowed to use Lightroom for any adjustments other than straightening and cropping. Then it was just a case of exporting as a JPEG ready to post.

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