I had a wander down to Merewether Baths tonight to shoot some landscapes. Even though i have shot this area a few times in the past, i was looking for something different.
Now here is a funny story (or not so funny), i usually take two cameras with me when shooting landscapes, a 5D Mark II and a 1Ds. Today i left in such a hurry that i left my 5D Mark II battery on the charger, i.e left home without it. Such is the case, i was forced to use the 1Ds. It isn’t a bad camera at all, but it isn’t all that great for long exposures, say over 20s since it generates a *lot* of noise. Dark frame subtraction (or in camera noise reduction) works pretty well to reduce it, but i had to disable it since it was taking too long. It does matter when you are taking exposures of over 2 mins at times.
Anyway, i was armed with a ND400 filter i only purchased recently and i wanted to have a play around with, and i was able to grab a few nice shots. A fair bit of post processing was required to remove the noise, but i think it was worth it. Obviously it would have been nicer to have the 5D II working, but hey it ain’t so bad really.