Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekend

Throgs Neck Bridge.We’re trying to use our last pre-baby weekends to their full potential. Yesterday Alёna and I spent our full day alone without Aroshka. Aroshka was with his grandparents while we did our now weekly OBGYN visit, did some errands that we won’t be able to do when the baby comes and finished the day off with a nice dinner at our favorite Thai place in Park Slope.

38 weeks and 2 days.Today I had an urge to explore a new place — the park under and around Throgs Neck Bridge. I drive by this place every day when I go to work and somehow never stopped there before. So we got into our car and drove there along with my dad. I spent some time taking long exposure shots, while Arosha spent all this time throwing stones into the water.

Throgs Neck.We also installed a new infant car seat base into our car and a car seat that we use for travel into my dad’s car. He’s going to be taking Aroshka to gymnastics every Tuesday now — first class is in two days. Meanwhile Alёna is into her 39th week which means that we can have a new arrival any day now.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lee Filters Set

Old pier on Rockaway. 10-stop ND and 2-stop soft GND.Last summer I have managed to misplace a couple of my graduated neutral density (GND) filters that I have acquired years ago and was using for my landscape photography. My original set was made by Cokin (P) which was just OK, but not exactly perfect. I decided to take this opportunity and take my filter kit to the next level.

LEE filter set.After doing some research I decide to go with LEE — a company based in UK that has made a name for itself it in professional photo filters. The problem is that all of their stuff is handmade and they just can not keep up with demand. None of the major stores had ANYTHING in stock, but after reading a lot of good things about a New Hampshire based reseller — 2filter, I decided to give my business to them.

Filter holder with a single filter attached to a lens.I placed my order in August of 2011 and thus put myself on a waiting list. They are very quick to reply to any communications and keep everyone updated with progress of shipments from LEE on their Facebook page. It’s been a while, but this past Friday I’ve gotten the last piece of my order from them. Can’t stress enough how good they’ve been and if you need filters — I wouldn’t hesitate for a second and do business with them.

Back side of Big Stopper filter. The foam prevents any light from leaking in during a long exposure.Without any further ado I present my new LEE setup — LEE 100mm filter holder (can hold up to 3 filters), LEE wide angle 77mm adapter ring, LEE 4×6 3-stop hard GND, LEE 4×6 2-stop soft GND and the famous LEE Big Stopper — a 10-stop 4×4 glass ND filter. The Big Stopper was actually the biggest hold up — it’s the item that I got this Friday.

Marine Parkway Bridge to Rockaway. 10-stop ND and 2-stop soft GND.At this point I didn’t really have a lot of chances to experiment due to weather, but I was able to take some experimental shots yesterday in the morning. These are not very impressive, but should give a sense of a feeling what can be achieved with these. Big Stopper filter is the most interesting of the bunch. Our trip next week should provide a good opportunity for some great landscape shots.
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