Take Three Vastly Different Photos of a Same View Using Different Strengths of Neutral Density Filters

Since my purchase of 10 stop neutral density (ND) filter , I’ve been trying to shoot three vastly different photos of a same view at blue hour, using 10 stop, 6 stop and 3 stop ND filters. I used to focus on capturing only one long exposure shot at the prime time of blue hour Read more

Reader Question: My Photos Shot at Dusk Are Often Underexposed. Am I Doing Anything Incorrectly?

Hi there, recently I got another guest post published at DPS (Digital Photography School) website. Please check out Tips for Using Neutral Density Filters for Cityscape Photography at Blue Hour if you haven’t yet. Today, I’m going to answer a reader question. It’s probably a problem very familiar to us cityscape photographers shooting long exposure Read more

Shooting Surreal Looking Cityscapes with Long Exposure Using 10 Stop ND Filter at Pre-dusk

Hi there, hope you’re all doing well! Recently I got another guest post published at DPS (Digital Photography School). Please check out Tips for Shooting Out of Focus Cityscape Bokeh Images at Blue Hour if you haven’t yet. Today isn’t about out-of-focus cityscapes, though. It’s about 10 stop ND filter (revisiting again). You may remember Read more

Shooting Singapore CBD with Dan

Back in April, my friend Daniel (Daniel E Lee Photography ) from Sydney came to Singapore for a short trip, and we went shooting together at my favourite Esplanade area! I met him on Tumblr a few years ago (I don’t remember how it started exactly) and we have been speaking a lot using Tumblr Read more

Reader Question: Is There Any One Long Exposure Setting That Works in All Situations?

Is there any one long exposure setting that works in all situations? Question came in from Ron There is no definite answer to this, but I typically start the long exposure 10 to 5 minutes before the end of dusk (check gaisma.com for your local dusk time) using f/11 or f/13 with a base shutter Read more

Long Exposure Photographers’ Worst Nightmares

Recently I’ve got another guest post (How to Avoid Blurry Long Exposure Images with Proper Tripod Setup ) published on DPS (Digital Photography School) website. Please check out if you haven’t yet! In fact, setting a tripod too tall in high winds and ending up with blurry images is quite a common rookie mistake. I Read more

Another Try Shooting Cityscapes at Blue Hour with 10 Stop ND Filter

Today happens to be 14 February. Happy Valentine’s Day for all my lady readers (if there are any)! Well, this post isn’t going to be romantic at all cos it’s about 10 stop ND filter once again. ;) As you may have read in my recent post, I just dismissed the idea of using 10 Read more

Shooting Cityscapes at Blue Hour with 10 Stop ND Filter (and Why I Didn’t Buy the Filter)

So far I only own 3 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters and have primarily used 6 stop ND filter (B+W 6 Stop ND Filter ) to create silky smooth water effect typically seen in my waterfront cityscape photos with long exposure (as seen in my Top 50 Photo Gallery). Then, I’ve recently tested Read more

How and Why I’ve Fallen in Love with Cityscape Photography at Blue Hour

I’m probably known as someone exclusively (or rather narrow-mindedly) shooting cityscape photography at twilight and dusk, but here’s my how and why, plus a few other random facts. How It All Started When I got my first DSLR (Nikon D60) back in 2009, my initial interest was sunny beachscape. Singapore (where I live) may not Read more

Reader Question: Should I Turn Long Exposure Noise Reduction On or Off?

I’m wondering whether to turn “Long exposure NR” on or off. What does it do, and how does it affect my photos taken at blue hour? Question came in from Matthew What Does “Long exposure NR” Do? Photos with long exposure typically result in “hot pixels” appearing as brightly coloured little dots. Turning on “Long Read more

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