Turn Day Into Night

grossinger photogaphy day to night filter

Turn day into night with the CAVISION 4X4 Glass Filter. The one I used came from B&H with their stock number CADFN1.244

This filter is not a regularly stocked item, so if you order it be prepared to wait weeks for it’s arrival.

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As soon as it arrived I went out and ran a bunch of tests on it. I was actually keen to find out if it would make my dream of turning the sky really dark when I did a HDR. I’m sorry to say it does not. So I ran some experiments in different white balance setting but here again I was mostly foiled. The picture above was taken with auto white balance. I made no adjustments except to crop and re-size. Click on the image if you wish to see it larger.

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The above image was shot with the white balance set to tungsten. This setting is the only one that had any real affect when I ran through the different wb options.

To back up a little, let me tell you about this filter. It’s a heavy glass square, 4 inches by 4 inches. No frame just glass. The filter comes wrapped in an excellent microfiber cloth. This then goes into a heavy canvas case. I thought the packing was high quality. Now I have to tell you that in my 30 years of photography I have never had a burning desire to turn day into night, so I’m not sure how much use I will get out of this $50.00 item. It is rare, as you can imagine what with B&H not even stocking the filter. It’s primary use is in the motion picture industry where Hollywood sometimes has to turn day into night.

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I snapped the above picture in the brilliant El Paso sun and made no adjustments other than to crop and re-size.

grossinger photography day for night filter minus 2 f-stopsClick on image for a better view

With this image I set the camera minus 2 f-stops. This seemed to have a more realistic night-time effect. The filter came through with those beautiful blue-hour tones. In all my playing around with this filter I came to the conclusion that it’s a great tool for some creative and artistic photography, but is not suited for everyday type shooting for any reason other than you just want to turn day into night.

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Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom Zoom Zoom

No, I’m not going to do a Mazda commercial. What I am going to show is how I zoom while the shutter is open.

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The carnie came to town and I try to never miss one because of the great light show I can photograph. I got there a night too early, as they were still setting up the carnival for the weekend. In a way that was even better because there was no one around, leaving me to play with my camera.
The settings used for all of these pictures are:
Nikon D5000 with Nikkor 18-200mm vr lens attached. This lens has a way large zoom range making it especially nice for this kind of shooting. I set the ISO on 100, apperture priority at f/25 which gave me a shutter speed of 3 seconds. Long enough to zoom but not so long as to put me to sleep.
The specific settings are not that critical as long as you have a very slow shutter speed.
Focus was on manual. This is important to me because I like to focus on something in order to have some parts of the image in focus. In this case it was the center of the ferris wheel. I like to have something in focus in all of my images, and not a big blob of blurr.

Unless you are the bionic man or woman, a sturdy tripod is necessary for this kind of shooting.

Start zooming as soon as you press the shutter release.
What I like to do is zoom a bit, stop, zoom a bit, stop. Hence the title of this post.
Vary this pattern in different ways for some startling and wild images.

This image started with a tele setting of about 170mm and I zoomed out for just a short bit. You can start at any point of your zoom lens and then vary the way you zoom.
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