Drone shots at sunset

Discussion in 'Drone Discussions' started by Nilo Photography, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Nilo Photography

    Nilo Photography Well-Known Member

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    First time using an ND filter (ND4).
    #1 F4.5, ISO 100, 2.5 secs.
    #2 F5.6 ISO 100, 5 secs.
    #3 F6.3, ISO 100, 1/6 secs.
    #4 F3.5, ISO 100, 1.6 secs.
    Downey 1.jpg Downey 2.jpg Downey 3.jpg Downey 4.jpg
     
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    Love that first one, that drone must be pretty stable to use such a slow shutter speed.
     
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    I like both of the first two and have to confess I had no idea that a drone could stay still long enough for such an exposure. Spectacular sunset colors.
     
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    Pretty much, I was reluctant to use such a slower shutter but it's not bad.
     
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    Thank you Ben. Will continue to push it to a much lower shutter speed and see the results.
     
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    Nice set. The sky is fantastic in the first two shots. My favorite is the third with detail on the ground as well as a nice sky.
     
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    Thank you Jameel
     
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    Nice images.

    ND filters for drones are mainly for making video. Unless you're going for a creamy water flow or long exposure cloud smearing, then all they do is rob you of valuable shutter speed, which is critical on a drone, since it is not on a tripod and does not remain as still as a camera on a tripod. I discussed this on a popular drone forum and most people had no idea what I was talking about. They are not photographers, just drone enthusiasts. ND filters are marketed to drone users with no knowledge of their purpose. Why did you use one here? In these mages, the shutter speeds surely contribute to soft images. Even without the ND's this light is challenging enough to get sharply, but made worse with them.
     
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    Hey Lenny,

    I agree with Jeffery that for photography you don’t want to be using an ND filter. It’s already dark, there is reason to make it even darker.

    My favorites are the last 2 photos. For me the first 2 are too saturated along the horizon. It only gets that pollution only gets that color when it’s been over saturated. So the last come across really natural.

    Where did you shoot these from?
     

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