Spent some time with the Black Glass (HMC NDX400 filter) on my 70-200mm lens today. Boy what a lot of fun I had.

This was taken about 11:30 am so the sun was up and bright. This filter really opens up a lot of avenues for shooting in bright light………amongst other things.

Malua Bay, South coast of NSW, Australia.

This was a 30 sec exposure at f32.
Spot metering, ISO 50, exposure comp -1.33
Mirror lock up with cable release.
Lens EF 70-200mm F2.4L IS USM
Canon 5D Mark II

Please view large.

Cheers Crispin


beach, water, long exposure, crispin gardner, black glass, nd 400, birds coast nsw


  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 4 years ago

    f32! Holy cow, that must have been real bright. Love how the rocks can be seen just below the water!

  • Well, we do have sunshine down here mate unlike in Sydney at present:-). But yes, it was very bright and bloody hot but there was a nice sea breeze. Learning to love the BG……I’m coming over to the DARK SIDE.

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • PS, is your alarm set permanently to stupid o’clock??!! Just noticed when you posted your comment!!

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • Paul Manning
    Paul Manningover 4 years ago

    nice image, love the rocks under the water! cheers Paul

  • Thanks Paul, the water is super clear down here, swimming and diving is just awesome.

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 4 years ago

    4am start today (Bot Gardens), 4am start yesterday (Turimetta). Bright and bloody hot!! Shared a rock with a Nikoff and a Hasselblad.

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 4 years ago


  • Thank you Tereza.

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Lorilee, appreciated.

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • Pene Stevens
    Pene Stevensover 3 years ago

    AWESOME !! i just ordered an ND400 so really looking forward to trying something like this :)

    (ps…. would it be too cheeky to say you need to clean your sensor? :) if it is, i wont say it)

  • Hi Pene. Happy New Year. You’ll have a lot of fun with the 400.
    Yes, did notice the spots……too bleading lazy to clean the photo but camera has been sorted. And not cheeky at all :-)

    – Crispin Gardner IPA

  • Pene Stevens
    Pene Stevensover 3 years ago


    Happy New Year to you too – hope it’s a good one :)

    HamimCHOWDHURYover 2 years ago

    I like this shot

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