Bright, clear sunlight on the Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland at ‘the wrong time of day’ for landscape photography required the 16 stop Firecrest neautral density filter to bring the exposure up to 4 minutes. The gale was strong and the sea rough after overnight storms but An Searrach (‘The Foal’) once more held fast and unyielding within the confused water clawing at it’s base. Sea stacks inspire by their stoic magnificence; The Old Man of Hoy, Old Harry Rocks, Duncansby Head, The Staples etc all demand attention. Sea stacks need to be climbed, photographed, or quietly held in contemplation. The sea will ultimately win, but whilst we have them, what amazing photographic subjects these sentinels make.
The Formatt-Hitech 16 stop Firecrest neautral density filter has become my most used neautral density filter with the Nikon D810. Not so much with film, where I prefer between 3 to 6 stops as Fuji Velvia 50 is a slow film with severe reciprocity failure characteristics and 16 stops is a little too strong for Velvia 50.
An Searrach (The Foal), Dingle Peninsula
Nikon D810, Nikon 85mm f1.4G.