Kieran Hayes Photography,: Blog https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kieran Hayes Photography, info@kieranhayesphotography.com (Kieran Hayes Photography,) Sat, 09 Jan 2021 13:45:00 GMT Sat, 09 Jan 2021 13:45:00 GMT https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u145759821-o847861725-50.jpg Kieran Hayes Photography,: Blog https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog 120 80 Discounts codes and offers https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/7/discounts-codes-and-offers I am absolutely delighted to be able to offer you the following discount codes and special offers on photography products.

 

 

The great companies involved...

 

 

Formatt Hitech 10% off.

Pixpa website building platform 25% and an extra 20% off.

Skylum Luminar 4  €10.- or $10.- off worldwide.

Vanguard USA 15% off.

Novo tripods 10% off.

A few more companies will be joining me shortly also in the coming months.

 

 

 

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filters.

The Firecrest range of filters are the only filters I personally use. They are without doubt the best filters on the market and their service is second to none also.

I am a Featured Artist, Photography Educator and Brand Ambassador for Formatt Hitech, our close working relationship continues to grow and develop with some fantastic new products on the way shortly.

Please check my discount code page here for the code and any special offers before you buy your filters.

If you have any questions then please feel free to ask, I am only too happy to help.

 

 

 

Pixpa website building platform.

I personally use Pixpa for two of my photography website and I will be moving all three there shortly, their platform is so easy to use and yet it at the same time you can add code and javascript to pages if you feel up to it also.

I started as a client with Pixpa and after using it for a few weeks I got chatting to them and now I am an ambassador for their products.

I have a complete blog post here on my experiences with Zenfolio, Squarespace, Wix, Wordpress and a few more including Pixpa of course.

I have also a discount code page for Pixpa where you can get the latest discount code and I also show you how to save even more money with their service click here to view it.

If you have any questions then again please feel free to ask.

 

 

 

Skylum Luminar 4

Luminar 4 is a great photography editing bit of software on it's own but pairing it up with Lightroom or Photoshop as a plugin in is just amazing.

That's personally how I use it and as I said above it is a great app even on its own and with €10.- or $10.- off the price its even better value than ever.

To find out more about it have a read of my blog post where I compare it to Lightroom and don't forget to check out my discount code page here, where I explain how to get the extra discounts.

If you already have Luminar 4 did you know there is a free update now to Luminar 4.3 click here to find out what's new in it.

 

If you have a question then as always please feel free to ask.

 

 

 

Vanguard USA

I can offer you 15% off all Vanguard products including tripods and awesome camera bags via their online store in the USA.

To get the latest offers and discount code please check out my discount code page here.

 

 

Novo Tripods and accessories

I am currently using a Novo tripod and I am falling in love with it more and more every day.

I use the Explora T20 and I can honestly say it's a beast of a tripod.

My review of it will be up shortly but to find out more about it and to get the discount code for their range of products then please click here.

 

 

Thanks again and if you have any questions on the above then please feel free to ask me here.

 

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Luminar 4 review and discount code

 

 

Luminar 4 is a great bit of photography editing software and the good news is I can give you a discount to save you €10.- or $10.- on purchasing it, simply click here to get the discount.

 

What I love about Luminar 4 is you can buy it outright and it's really good value considering the features it has. You not renting it on a monthly basis so this is perfect for anyone on a budget or not wanting to rent Adobe products like Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

So Why is Luminar 4 better than most of the other editing software out there?

It's easy to use and incredibly powerful and best of all it has a cataloging feature just like Lightroom.

 

For the sake of transparency I should say that you get a €10.- or $10.- discount for ordering via my link but I also get a slight commision if you order Luminar 4 via one of my links. This small commission helps me write reviews like this and find more discounts for you.

 

Luminar 4 also has a catalogue facility which means like Lightroom you can create different catalogues for different genres of photography like Family, Landscape, Aerial photography etc....

Or to grade your images by one star all the way up to 5 star.

 

Portraiture and Landscape photography editing

Luminar 4 is great for not only editing your landscape photography images but also your portraiture photographs so it really is a great all rounder. You can smoothen skin and adjust to name just a few little tricks it can perform for you.

 

Yes you can replace skies and superimpose birds, planes and the moon as well as other things in seconds but I think most of us will love its ability to quickly edit our images above all else. 

 

I will be updating this page shortly with a far more detailed review and description of the Luminar 4 system, with a short video also. So please check back soon for a more detailed description on Luminar 4

 

If you are interested in purchasing Luminar 4, I can save you a bit of money by clicking here on Luminar 4 to save you €10.- or $10.- on your purchase.

Alternatively click below to download your free trial.

My dedicated Luminar 4 website page is here where I have a more in-depth review of its features and why I think this is an amazing bit of editing software.

 

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Pixpa discount code and website building system review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/6/pixpa-discount-code-and-website-building-system-review

I am delighted to announce I am now working with Pixpa and I can offer you 20% off their website building platform with my Pixpa discount code.

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I only promote products I would use myself and personally believe in. If you would like to become one of my partners then please contact me here I would love to talk to you about it.

 

 

Pixpa

Pixpa are the all-in-one website building platform specifically for photographers and creatives.

 

I am super happy to be an ambassador for their web design platform as it means I can offer you 20% off with this Pixpa discount code

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Simply enter the discount code at checkout to get 20% off your first year's price.

 

Incidentally it's 25% cheaper on average to subscribe for a year and then you can also get 20% off with this promo code.

You also get a free 2-week trial and a free domain name for the first 12 months click here to start your trial. 

 

 

Why Pixpa?

Well their platform is hassle free ,their chat service is second to none and they don't charge commission on their e-commerce galleries.

 

So, yes I get a slight commission for promoting Pixpa but I have paid for their website and moved to their platform and was using it before I was made an ambassador for their service. 

 

So is my review accurate? Hell yes it is, I have trusted my business to this platform and that's something I take incredibly seriously. 

 

To give you an idea of the research I have done... It all started when I came across Pixpa one day while reading about website design and decided to give it a try for 2 weeks on the free 2 week trial period. I had a good play with it back in November 2019, then as I got really busy at work and I had to put it to the side and forgot about it for a few months. I approached them and asked for another trial period and I got it. This time I used it a lot and loved it. 

Which brought me to purchasing it for a year... After setting up my two new website and spending over a month on and off playing with it I had a question about galleries (my stupid mistake) so I had a conversation with Pixpa staff which led to another long conversation and me being made an ambassador for their service on the 16th of March 2020. 

 

The advantage to all this for you is you get a nice clean website platform that works incredibly well and you get 20% off with my Pixpa discount code also so it's a real win win for everyone.

 

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So what does Pixpa do?

 Well, with Pixpa you can create a professional website with your portfolio, online store, client galleries and blog. It is a very easy, drag-and-drop website builder which needs no coding knowledge to set-up. 

You simply build the website and pay a yearly or monthly fee and that's it, my advice here is to go for the yearly rate as it's a lot cheaper. You even get a free custom domain with annual subscriptions.

I built the two websites below on Pixpa and while they are not finished I am very happy with the system and love the design flexibility. I have also tried Squarespace and I currently have my commercial and portraiture website on Zenfolio (this one) which I hope to move shortly. Wordpress, of course, is the next option but I just don't have the weeks to figure it out and get it working. 

 

So if you are looking for a fast clean website builder that performs well and looks great then I highly recommend Pixpa.

You can see my two new websites below. They are not completely finished yet but then again when is a website ever finished?

www.landscapephotographyireland.com

www.propertyphotographyireland.com

 

Don't forget    Kieran20   to get 20% off and it's a win-win for both you and me.

 

When you see their prices start at less than €70.- a year and you get a custom domain name also that's incredible value. Take 20% off that with my Pixpa discount code and it so good you should no longer be reading this and heading straight to their website now :-)

 

Pixpa website building platform 20% off

Vanguard USA 15% off.

Formatt Hitech 10% off.


Thanks again for helping me and my photography journey by reading this blog.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

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Kieran Hayes 

Kieran Hayes Photography

Pixpa Discount code

Website review and discount code

My review of the Pixpa website building platform and my discount code to help you build your own website.

16th of June 2020

 

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape filter https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/1/formatt-hitech-firecrest-nightscape-filter

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I have an up to date review of the Nightscape filter on my new Landscape Photography website please click here to read it.

 

 

 

This is my first thoughts review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape light pollution filter which is available in 85mm and 100mm.

 

It's like magic, pop it on and the pollution is gone.

 

 

I will be posting updates as my experiences with the filter progress.

The shots posted here have been provided by Formatt Hitech, I have used the filter twice now just in test conditions to make sure it really does work well. I will be posting my own photographs taken with the filter shortly once I get out in the right conditions.

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This filter reduces light pollution in Astro photography.

 

So first things first Formatt Hitech supplied me with this filter so I could review it they have also provided me with a discount code for 10% off of their products with code HAYES10 via their website and for the sake of transparency I should also say I get a slight kickback from sales made.

 

 

 

Ok, so what does this filter do for you?

The simple answer is it removes light pollution normally an orange coloured light in photographs. No, it doesn't just remove the colour Orange but rather the frequency of sodium street lighting. There are probably tons of technical reviews and better explanations of how this filter actually works but I find the images below are more than enough proof for me.

 

Does it work?

Hell yes, see the photographs below to see how well it does its job. Forget the composition and and just look at the complete elimination of light pollution. Yes some may say that the left image is warmer but the sky is not normally warm at night and this gives you a very false photograph. The after image gives you a accurate portrayal of our skies. 

 

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Should you buy it?

Well if you are a night photography fan, so either an Astro or cityscape photographer then yes it should be already be in your bag, so why are you still reading this? Click here for the Formatt Hitech night filter and buy it today and get 10% off with code HAYES10 too as my little gift to you. 

 

This filter fits beautifully in the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm filter holder which I have reviewed here.

 

A few points to note though. This filter is a coated filter so you need to be careful not to scratch the coating (same as most filters). All the rest of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest range of filters are bonded filters and the nd coating is sandwiched between two plates of bonded optical glass so scratching them is a lot more difficult.

 

Would this filter go in my bag?

The simple answer is yes, is it in my top 5 favourite filters? Well no it's not but then again I am not a Nightscape shooter, if I were this would always be in my bag.

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here

 

 
 

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape filter review

9th January 2020

Formatt Hitech Firecrest Nightscape Filter

My first thoughts of the Formatt Hitech Nightscape filter and if it is worth it or does it even work?

Kieran Hayes

5.0 Star

38 ratings

Kieran Hayes Photography

Formatt Hitech

£116.10

https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/1/formatt-hitech-firecrest-nightscape-filter

 

 

 

 

 

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Colby Brown signature edition filter kit https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/1/colby-brown-signature-edition-filter-kit

My review of the Colby Brown signature edition landscape photography kit from Formatt Hitech.

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I have an updated review of the Colby Brown filter kit up on my new landscape photography website, please click here to read it.

 

 

As a Brand Ambassador and Featured Artist and for transparency I should add that Formatt Hitech gives me a budget every year for filters for my workshops and I get a slight commission from sales.

I should also add I was using their filters already and purchased them with my own hard-earned money before I was asked to be an Ambassador. I was also asked by two other companies but refused politely.
 

 

 

The great news is an Ambassador I can offer you an additional 10% off selected Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10, simply enter it at checkout on the Formatt Hitech website.

 

 

This kit is perfect for someone looking for a reverse graduated filter and also looking to do shorter long exposure images, the kit has two graduated filters and is great at balancing out your exposures.

 

So if you are a sunrise or sunset shooter then you will enjoy this kit.

 

So what's in the kit?

You get all of the below...

  • Firecrest 100mm ND 1.8

  • Firecrest 100x150mm ND Soft Edge Grad 0.6 (2 stop) 

  • Firecrest 100x150mm ND Reverse Grad 0.6 (2 stop)

  • Firecrest 100mm Filter Kit

    • 100mm Filter Holder

    • Soft Touch Outer Case

    • 82-82mm Rotating Adaptor Ring

    • 67-82mm Step Ring

    • 72-82mm Step Ring

    • 77-82mm Step Ring

    • Firecrest 82mm Ultraslim polariser

  • Filter pouches

  • Exclusive Colby Brown booklet

 

 

See my video below on the Firecrest 100mm filter holder that's included in this kit and why I believe it's the best 100mm filter holder out there.

 

 

Getting back to the kit...

 

So first things first I have to say the quality of the product is second to none. Beautifully presented and delivered to your door worldwide for a great price. 

 

Would I buy the kit personally? Well, probably not as it doesn't suit my particular style of photography. In saying that it could be absolutely perfect for yours. If it is then it really is a complete bargain. My personal go-to kit is the Elia Locardi kit click here to learn more about it.

 

You get the complete kit for £449.99 + £5.- delivery.

With the extra 10% it's only £409.99

 

A Firecrest reverse grad on its own is £225.-

The filter holder is £156.91

The six-stop pro nd filter is £98.99

The 2 stop graduated filter is £135.99

Making the price if bought separately £616.89

 

So buying the kit and using the discount code saves you a staggering £206.89 

 

Now priced at £449.99 +£5.- shipping at £454.99 it's good value for money but if you enter discount code HAYES10 at checkout you get 10% off so it's just £410.- delivered to your door.

 

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Going back to the products themselves.

 

 

The Firecrest filter holder.

Is a beautiful bit of kit, with the extra light shield adaptors you can actually stack ND filters. Yes, you can use a 4 & 10 stop filter together at the same time making it a 14 stop filter. How fantastic is that?

 

Again the extra light shields help protect your filters from sea spray and light rain, for a real in-depth review of the Firecrest filter holder click here where I go into a lot more detail.

 

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Firecrest Pro filters

The Firecrest Pro series of filters are colour neutral, incredibly hard-wearing and the sharpest filters I have ever used (just like the Ultra's).

 

 

So what's the hard-wearing part about? 

A filter is a filter, right?

 

Well, that's wrong... The way the Firecrest filters are made they actually sandwich the ND coating in between two slivers of glass. Yes, the filters are made of two thin sheets of glass and not one.

This has two advantages.

Firstly the ND coating can't be scratched as it's protected by glass on both sides and secondly due to the construction of the bonded glass it makes the filters more resilient to damage than a standard filter.

Again I have an in-depth review of the Firecrest Pro filters here

 

 

Ultra Kit

The same applies for the Ultra kit but there is a difference between the pro's and Ultra's Click here for my in-depth review of the Ultra filters.

 

 

 

What other filters would I buy?

I would add the 10 stop or 3.0 ND Firecrest Pro filter.

 

If I were looking for a great all-round starter kit then I would go for the Elia Locardi kit as it has the same filter holder, a 4 stop and 10 stop nd filter and a 3 stop graduated filter. So yes there is no Reverse grad filter in the kit but you can always buy that afterwards. I have a blog post up on the Elia Locardi kit here.

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here

 

 

 

If you have any filter related questions then feel free to drop me an email at info@kieranhayesphotography.com or click here 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and enjoy those filters, you won't regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formatt Hitech Colby Brown signature edition filter kit review

4th January 2020

Elia Locardi

Kieran Hayes

5.0 Star

19 ratings

Kieran Hayes Photography

Formatt Hitech

£409.99

 

 

https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2020/1/colby-brown-signature-edition-filter-kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The kit I recommended is The Elia Locardi Filter kit there are a wide range of kits available with some great savings for buying in kit form. Click here to see the kits available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As Sterling is weak now and with these great deals and the great kits available at Formatt Hitech I highly recommend buying the Elia Locardi 100mm Pro filter kit or the Ultra kit if your budget stretches that far.

 

Normally by buying this as a kit, you save £80.- but now with 20% off and a weak pound versus Euro its an offer no to be missed.

 

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Elia Locardi 100mm Formatt Hitech filter kit review, Pro and Ultra versions.
 

 

 

I have an update to this review over on my new landscape photography website just click here to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional 10% off all Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10, simply enter it at checkout on the Formatt Hitech website.

 

Buy this kit for only £364.49

 

As a photographer, I regularly run Landscape and Seascape photography workshops in beautiful Ireland. Where I can guarantee these filters are pushed completely to their limits.

 

I am always asked on these workshops which filters would you buy?

 

I have been a fan of the Formatt Hitech filters for many years now and some of you will probably know I am a brand ambassador and Featured Artist for their products. It has been a complete honour for me to be partnered with such an amazing and passionate company for over two years now.

 

 

So getting back to the question, which filters should you buy? My default answer is the Elia Locardi 100mm Firecrest Pro or Ultra filter kit.

 

At £364.49 for the Pro Kit after the discount code HAYES10 is applied, it's incredibly good value for money.

 

 

 

 

They are such good value for money that I recently got two kits for myself.

 

As a Brand Ambassador and for transparency I should add that Formatt Hitech gives me a budget every year for filters for my workshops. I should also add I was using their filters already and purchased them with my own hard-earned money before I was asked to be an Ambassador. I was also asked by two other companies but refused politely.

 

 

Buying all the pieces separately would cost you £490.88 + £5.00 shipping £495.88 after 10% discount is £446.79

 

So you save £81.80 and you also get a free filter wallet in the deal.

 

 

 

 

Why buy this kit?

Well, that's simple, it comes with everything you need in a starting set.

Just look at what you get.

 

 

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1.-Firecrest 100mm filter holder.

1.- Firecrest ND1.2 (4 stops) Great for shorter long exposure photographs.

1.-Firecrest ND3.0 (10 stops) Ideal for Normal long exposure photographs.

1.-Firecrest ND Soft Edge Grad 0.9 (3 stop Graduated filter) A great graduated filter to help balance most images.

1.-Circular polarising filter.

 

3.- Adaptor rings incl.. 67mm, 72mm and 77mm adaptor threads and the holder has an 82mm thread built-in.

 

1.- Filter holder wallet

 

 

Now priced at £399.99 +£5.- shipping at £404.99 it's good value for money but if you enter discount code HAYES10 at checkout you get 10% off so it's just £364.49 delivered to your door.

 

At £364.49 for a filter holder, 3 filters, adaptor rings and a filter wallet it's fantastic value for money.

 

Going back to the products themselves.

 

 

The Firecrest filter holder.

Is a beautiful bit of kit, with the extra light shield adaptors you can actually stack ND filters. Yes, you can use the 4 & 10 stop filters together at the same time making it a 14 stop filter.

 

Again the extra light shields help protect your filters from sea spray and light rain, for a real in-depth review of the Firecrest filter holder click here where I go into a lot more detail.

 

 

 

Firecrest Pro filters

The Firecrest Pro series of filters are colour neutral, incredibly hard-wearing and the sharpest filters I have ever used (just like the Ultra's).

 

 

So what's the hard-wearing part about? 

A filter is a filter, right?

 

Well, that's wrong... The way the Firecrest filters are made they actually sandwich the ND coating in between two slivers of glass. Yes, the filters are made of two thin sheets of glass and not one.

This has two advantages.

Firstly the ND coating can't be scratched as it's protected by glass on both sides and secondly due to the construction of the bonded glass it makes the filters more resilient to damage than a standard filter.

Again I have an in-depth review of the Firecrest Pro filters here

 

 

Ultra Kit

The same applies for the Ultra kit but there is a difference between the pro's and Ultra's Click here for my in-depth review of the Ultra filters.

 

 

I also have reviews of the following filter kits the...

 

Colby Brown signature edition landscape kit here

 

 

 

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here

 

 

What other filters would I buy?

If I were buying another add-on filter it would be the six stop or 1.8 ND Pro filter.

 

 

If you have any filter related questions then feel free to drop me an email at info@kieranhayesphotography.com or click here 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and enjoy those filters, you won't regret it.

 

 

 

Formatt Hitech Elia Locardi signature edition filter kit review

31st December 2019

Elia Locardi

Kieran Hayes

5.0 Star

19 ratings

Kieran Hayes Photography

 

 

https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2019/8/elia-locardi-filter-kit-review

 

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2019/8/formatt-hitech-firecrest-ultra-filter-review2019

My Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters review.

 

 

 

 

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I have also a Review on the new Firecrest Pro range of filters here.

 

 

 

Ok, so yes as a Firecrest brand ambassador some will say my review will be tainted but I was already using their products anyway and purchased them with my own hard-earned money.

 

My name and reputation are also worth a lot more to me than anything a filter manufacturer can offer.

 

 

So if your looking for a company that wants to produce the best products possible and grow via photographers reviews then read on.

 

If not then also have a read as I explain why Formatt Hitech is more then just exceptionally passionate about their products.

 

 

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This is currently the best Promo or discount code available worldwide.

 

 

 

There are occasionally some amazing special offers which I post Here

 

To subscribe to my mailing list to get the latest Formatt Hitech Firecrest special offers and discount codes as they happen click Here.

 

 

 

 

Review

So I thought it was about time I had a serious in-depth look into the Firecrest Ultra range of filters and the results they have produced for me in comparison to their competition.

 

 

The Firecrest Ultra range of neutral density filters are supposedly second to none, firstly for their colour neutrality and secondly for their unique design.

 

I say supposedly second to none as for now we really don't know any of the facts.

 

So let's have a detailed look and make up our own minds.

 

 

Ok, on first inspection the neutrality is groundbreaking, I have tried shots both with and without filters on location and in the studio and can't see any difference at all. The normal Firecrest filters were exceptional but these Ultras seem to be another leap ahead again.

 

 

So is this worth the expense of changing to Ultras?

Well no it's not, the standard Firecrest range where amazing anyway.

 

So I guess that's it then, what else can a filter possibly do for you?

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Also we all know they are a serious investment and something you don't want to be purchasing too often right?

 

Speaking of investments if you want to see my starter filter kit recommendation for the Pro or Ultra filter kits then click here. 

 

 

Back to the questions again...

These questions lead me to discover exactly how serious this company is. Not only about their manufacturing process but also their customers that invest in their products.

 

 

So for me, I had to impartially have a look at filters again and they raised two concerns for me.

 

1. Colour neutrality, 

(let's just go ahead and tick that box).

 

2. Longevity,

the length of time we expect our filters to last. Something I am always aware of as let's face it they aren't cheap.

 

3. Yes, I said two concerns there wasn't supposed to be a 3rd concern but then I did my research. Wasn't expecting this one at all it's something I never really thought about.

 

Optical performance!

 

I can imagine most of you are probably sitting forward in your seats now and saying what the hell is he on about now it's just a sheet of glass, glass is flat end of story.

 

Well, I just went and educated myself a little.

 

 

 

After a discussion with the tech guru's over at Formatt Hitech, I can tell you this information on how they produce the Ultra filters...

 

 

The hyper neutral filter coating is sandwiched between two plates of bonded glass making the coating impossible to scratch, unlike other manufacturers. Well, that's a great design feature for someone like me that works a lot by the coast with sand, sea spray and the odd bit of seaweed flying at me.

 

 

The crazy unexpected added bonus of this processes is as the filters are manufactured of bonded glass they are more resilient to impact than their competitors. So harder to scratch and more resilient now that already had my wallet open but there is more.

 

 

I have to say they really went above and beyond with this final part of the process.

 

 

As a photographer I love to be in control of my equipment and treat every single piece with both love and hate, we all know the more equipment you have in your exposure the greater the probability of imperfections in your final image.

 

 

So we stand there with our camera, lens, tripod, filters and filter holder all costing anywhere from €1,000 to €10,000 for most of us and this little sliver of glass you purchased for €80.- to €190.- or so has a huge input into your image...

 

 

Now stop and think about that for a second. Yes I mean REALLY think about that.....

 

 

Remember when you purchased your camera and weighed up the pro's and con's of that specific model the minute details we looked into, the model's spec's and if the next step up was worth the €300 or €1,000 premium.

 

I won't even mention the lens we thought about and drooled over for weeks or months until we finally purchased the one we wanted.

 

 

All of this purely because they were just that tiny little fraction better than the rest. Money always well spent in my mind. So why not look at filters in the same way?  

 

The performance per pound on high-end equipment is a little disappointing when you compare the difference a good set of filters can make versus an ok set and the price difference involved.

 

Back to the process...

The final step in the ultra's manufacturing process is something that I struggled to come to terms with for a while if I am really honest with you. I seriously wondered what the hell is that all about.

 

 

Once the filters have been formed and by most manufacturers standards ready to ship, the perfectionists over at Formatt Hitech go ahead and run another process known as "lapping and polishing" which involves grinding down the filters to ensure they are completely optically flat.

 

 

Yes, you read that right they actually grind down the finished product to as close to optical perfection as possible and then they are polished again.

 

 

This process kills off any minute imperfections in the glass making them the sharpest filters and most optically perfect filters on the market today.

 

Ok, I have flirted with Lee Filters the English filter company and Nisi from China but settled for the sheer passion of the Welsh company Formatt Hitech.

 

This is the sort of attention to detail that I originally loved about the Firecrest filters and where I found kindred spirits.

 

As photographers, we crave control and try to encapsulate in a single photograph what has appeared in our mind as sort of a warped dream which we dragged from the reality before us.

 

This is our passion, our dream and our everything. So for me finding a company that not only gets that but also pushes the boundaries forward helping us to realise these dreams is nothing short of amazing.

 

 

So a filter is a filter, right?

 

Same way as all cameras are the same, it's all just a gimmick.

 

Well, that's so very wrong, filters come in various shapes and sizes but also more importantly different qualities.

 

 

You get what you pay for, like with anything else in life it all comes down to the fact that quality matters.

 

Take the leap and let the "fire in" you will never look back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're interested in Seascape Photography then have a look at my blog post.

 

Alternatively, have a look at my Long Exposure Photography blog.

 

 

Don't forget the discount or promo code HAYES10 for 10% off all their products via their Website at checkout. 

 

I have a blog post up on the Firecrest 100mm filter holder Here if you're interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So I made an amazing discovery a few weeks ago which has opened up a whole new world of photography to me.

 

My Firecrest 100mm filter holder can be mounted on my Laowa lens with no extra brackets or adaptors. Yes, 100mm filters will work on a 12mm full frame rectilinear lens... how amazing is that?

 

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So how did I get to this point?

Well one evening I sat down looking at my lens and Firecrest filter holder wondering if I could marry the two together. After about 20 mins trying different techniques, there was a burst of some beautifully pronounced swear words while looking at lens hoods and extra lens petals and diameters etc..

 

Before I reveal how I got it to work I have to say you do this at your own risk, if you push or pull it too hard then there is a danger of possibly damaging the lens. Once you apply even pressure it goes on with a bit of resistance, it does work just don't use a hammer :-)

 

The cpl CAN NOT be used with this lens sadly. So don't try fitting it to the rotating ring adaptor.

 

 

Now as I said above you do this at you're own risk and care should be taken. It has worked perfectly for me now for over two weeks on numerous shoots.

 

I should also say sorry for the poor quality photographs, it's late on a Friday night and I was in a rush. 

 

 

Back to fitting on the filter holder.

I had a eureka moment and I tried the 77mm rotating ring adaptor on the lens with the lens hood off, it was so incredibly close to sliding on, I considered sanding down the rotating ring fractionally but thought better of it. I mean there was only about one mm in it, the levels of frustration were reaching crescendo now. To be so close and yet 1mm was standing in the way...

 

It was then I tried the 77mm thread adaptor ring which comes with the kit first day and it was nearly a perfect fit. A bit tight but sliding it on and off a few times and it was a near perfect.

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So just to explain, I took the lens hood off and the 77mm filter thread adaptor slid on over the barrel of the lens, now this wasn't loose there was a good bit of tension there so I gently walked or pushed it one side at a time. It went on...   next I threaded on the 82mm rotating ring adaptor, which of course went on beautifully.

 

Now the moment of truth would the filter holder actually go on and would it work?

 

Ok we all know it did or otherwise I wouldn't be writing this :-)

 

So yes it works and I tried a test shot, no vignetting even with a 10 stop filter. I was more than a little surprised, the best filter holder in the world now fits on a 12mm rectilinear lens with little to no vignetting on 100mm filters, that is completely crazy.

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Now if you use the extra light shield caps on the firecrest holder you will be catching those in the shot then alright. So I kept mine off.

 

 

Once it's on properly you can use 100mm filters with no vignetting just don't use the extra light shields  and the polarising filter won't fit so don't even try to use it.

 

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So how wide is this lens?

Well below is the first test shot I took with the holder and a 6 stop filter. 

 

As you can see I actually caught the tripod leg... It's that wide.

 

I will be adding more photographs this blog as time goes on.

 

 

 

My favourite Firecrest starter filter kit is exceptional value for money, to find out more then click here.  

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

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Galley Head Lighthouse https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2019/1/galley-head  

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Originally built-in 1875 and completely commissioned in 1878, it was the brightest lighthouse in the world at this time.

 

It truly is a remarkable sight from the air, the rugged coastline in front of the lighthouse stick out like fingers floating in the sea.

This can be seen clearly in the aerial video below. Please read on for more information on this iconic landmark.


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The lighthouse is built on a 40m+ high headland known as Dundeady Island which is joined to the mainland by an isthmus, the ruins of
Dundeady castle can also still be seen on the island.

 

The light from the lighthouse is said to be at least 53m above high tide level and can be seen from over 23 nautical miles away now.


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A point little known about the lighthouse locally is when it was completed in 1878 it was the brightest lighthouse in the world.

 

To this day it is still one of the brightest in Europe with its beam visible for over 23 nautical miles.

 


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This is where history possibly meets folklore now but Galley head lighthouse was said to be the only lighthouse in the world to have its beam shining back towards land. Exactly how this happened as of yet is not confirmed but rumour has it that when Lord Carbery had the sultan of Turkey over for a visit the Sultan standing at one of the many windows in Lord Carbery's Castlefreke Castle, asked what the building standing on the headland was. When Lord Carbery explained its purpose the Sultan enquired as to why the lighthouse didn't shine back on land.


 

Shortly afterwards it's rumoured that Lord Carbery had two more panes of glass installed so the light could be seen from the castle and shone back on the land around Castlefreke and West of the Lighthouse. Is this true? Well, I am lead to believe it is, part of me also possibly wants to believe it.


 


 

The lighthouse was built by building contractors William M. Murphy of Bantry between 1873 and 1878. They built all the house walls and tower for the Lighthouse but not the lantern itself.

 

The original lantern was powered by gas but was changed over to Parrafin in 1907 and again to electricity in 1969 and then in 1979 it was fully automated.

 

 

 

When you consider this lighthouse has withstood the ravages of the sea for over 143 years now and think of the sights it has seen over the years from small wooden sailing boats to the now super tankers passing along the horizon.

 

This place is the Wild Atlantic way all rolled into one small place.

 

Beautiful, rugged, peaceful, incredibly wild and finally just breathtaking.

 

Don't just take my word for it, go see it for yourself.

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before you hurry off to email me about your amazing plans and your wedding details please read this short text as it explains what I do and will help tell you if I am your photographer for the day or not. 

 


So I am delighted to announce that I will now be providing a full range of wedding & blessing photography again.

 

 

Now you might well say why "again?" well its as simple as this...

 

I loved those wedding days and all those little moments I could capture for the couple, the fleeting glances, those cheeky smiles and those moments of pure love.

What I didn't miss was the stress and the huge crowds, so now I am only doing smaller weddings and blessings. If you are having over 100 people attend your wedding then I am not the photographer for you.

 

 

So if you're having a large wedding I am not your photographer but there are several photographers I can also recommend locally.

 

So back to the sales pitch...

 

I provide a range of wedding photography for blessings, both inside and outside and smaller weddings.

 

I don't do large weddings as I honestly just don't enjoy them, so if you're having an outside event or a smaller wedding then I am definitely your man.

 

After shooting loads of weddings over the years I just decided to stop for the simple reason they were a bit too stressful and I just didn't enjoy them. A part of me missed them but it was the smaller more relaxed ones I missed.

 

 

So if your a relaxed couple looking for some amazing outside photographs I really and honestly would love to work with you.

 

 

If ye are the adventurous type then all the better again.
 

 

 

Yes, this all seems a bit mad I know but I either do something 100% or not at all. 

 

That's always the way I have worked and I can't see myself changing anytime soon either.

 

 

 

So if you're still reading this I would like to say a big Hi and I would love to meet you both to chat about your big day.

 

 

 

I absolutely love photography and I always aim to include this energy in my images.

 

 

Let's face it the world is thankfully an incredibly diverse place now and why not let your individuality shine on your special day.

 

 

 

It's an incredible day in in both your lives filled with lots of beautiful moments. Which of course are vitally important not just now but for decades to come.

 

 

My aim is to capture those moments and freeze them in time forever through the art of photography.

 

 

Every photographer has a different style and my own personal style is to be as invisible as possible on the day while still capturing those special moments. I love going around hiding in corners taking candid shots of people smiling or just having a bit of fun.

 

 

I personally prefer a relaxed style where the images tend to be as natural as possible while still documenting your day. Of course, there are still the standard family, extended family and friends photographs.

 

 

All digitally processed images are available to download via my website or on a flash drive for printing at a location of your choice. Images are delivered within two weeks after your wedding day. I can also supply a range of wedding albums for your precious memories if ye want.

 

Prices starting at €700.-

 

So click here to send me a message

or 

Click here to view my wedding photography page

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kieran Hayes Wedding Photography Cork and Kerry.

11th January 2020

Kieran Hayes Photography

Wedding and blesssing photography in Cork and Kerry by Kieran Hayes.

Kieran Hayes

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Kieran Hayes Photography

€700.-

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro filter review.

 

 

 

I have an update to this blog post here https://www.landscapephotographyireland.com/firecrest-pro-filters

I received a sample set of Firecrest Pro filters from Formatt Hitech on Friday the 26th of October for the purposes of this review. I tried to get them earlier but the demand was just too high.

 

 

While I am a Firecrest brand ambassador for their products I treat every product with as much scrutiny as I always did.

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I also have a review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters here

 

 

 

Unusually I am going to give you my conclusion before I even start this review.

 

 

If your considering buying these filters then just do it. It's as simple as that. Incredible value for money and they leave my old Lee and Nisi filters looking very bad indeed, they even make the older Firecrest filters look bad.

 

For my recommended Firecrest filter starter kit click here, this kit is exceptional value for money and has everything you need starting out.

 

 

The Firecrest Pro range of filters has to be the best-kept photography secret in the world.

 

 

If you want to know exactly why and how I came to this conclusion or to see images taken with the filters and what's in the box with them then please read on or watch the short video below. The updated video will be released shortly.

 

 

 

Colour neutrality has always been a big issue when it comes to filters, well that and vignetting.

The two photographs below were shot only 8 seconds apart. It takes me that long to change settings and take off the filter.

 

With regard to colour neutrality, I think you will agree there is absolutely no difference between the two raw shots. One with a filter and one bare lens.

 

As regards vignetting the shot with the filter has actually less vignetting!!!

 

With regard to colour neutrality, these are every bit as good as the Ultra filters, they are without a doubt the best filters I have ever tested!!! Read my review of the Ultra Filters Here.

 

 

The below shot are straight out of the camera with no editing involved, they were taken with... Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm F4 lens at 16mm & F11 ISO64 with a Firecrest Pro 10 stop Neutral Density Filter in the Firecrest filter holder at 30 seconds. "10 stop firecrest pro filter review" "10 stop firecrest pro filter reviews","10 stop firecrest pro filter", "6 stop firecrest pro filter review" "6 stop firecrest pro filter reviews","6 stop firecrest pro filter", "big stopper vs firecrest pro filter", "formatt hitech firecrest filter kits", "formatt hitech firecrest pro filter kits", "formatt hitech pro filters", “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro filter review”, “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro filter reviews”, “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro ND filter review”, “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro ND filter reviews”, “best landscape photography filter review”, “best landscape photography filter reviews”, “best 10 stop landscape photography filter review”, “best 6 stop landscape photography filter review”, “best landscape photography nd filter review”, “best landscape photography nd filter reviews”, “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro graduated filter review”, “Formatt Hitech Firecrest Pro graduated filter reviews”,
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"west cork photographer", "west cork photographers"A photograph with the filterThis photograph is taken with a 10 stop Firecrest Pro Filter attached.

 

The below shot was Taken with... Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm F4 lens at 16mm & F11 ISO64 at 1/30th of a second with no filter.
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"west cork photographer", "west cork photographers"This photograph has no filter attachedThis photograph was taken a few seconds later with no filter attached.

 

The above are not beautiful photographs and completely unedited with identical settings apart from the shutter speed.

 

There is no vignetting at all in the filter shot, in the non-filter shot there appears to be a very slight vignette.

 

When I said above go buy these filters I was incredibly serious.

 

Via the Formatt Hitech website this filter is only £98.99 which with postage comes to £103.99 but take your 10% discount via HAYES10 and it's only £94.09 delivered direct to your door.

 

That's incredible value for money.

 

 

 

So back to the filters.
 

They are not only groundbreaking but sharp as a tack also, with no colour cast.

 

So on first inspection, the filters come with a really nice filter case which seems to have a plastic sub-structure to it making it very rigid and ideal for busy camera bags, during my review I was very rough with the filters while they were in the case and they comfortably put up with a lot of abuse.

 

The case has a nice magnetic catch on it and a soft suede effect inside lining which will help protect your precious filters.

 

They also provide an exposure chart and a filter cleaning cloth with each filter. Now that is a really nice touch.

 

 

 

The below shot was captured with a 6 stop pro filter and a 3 stop graduated filter, it was shot in Raw on a Nikon D850 with a 16-35mm F4 lens at 16mm. This is the unedited shot.

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"west cork photographer", "west cork photographers"Long Strand Beach with Firecrest pro filtersA photograph taken at Long Strand Beach with the firecrest pro filters during my filter review.

This shot was never intended to be posted anywhere I just took it while trying out the filters but the results speak for themselves.

 

 

Below is the processed shot. Which needed a few tiny little tweaks in Lightroom to bring it back to the way I saw it.

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Now I have to say I am not sure which version I prefer more. Considering this was shot in Raw and unedited is staggering.

 

Even looking at the sharpness and detail in the shot, it's just incredible.

 

 

So getting back to the filters and how did I get on?

 

Well on first inspection I actually couldn't tell the difference between the Standard Firecrest filters and the pro range. Which was a little disturbing.

 

These are sample filters, the production models will include their name "Pro" etched on the glass as the Ultras have.

 

 

 

Holding both filters up to the light you could see the Pro's were incredibly colour neutral and were a step ahead of the Firecrest standard filters in that regard.

 

So using them on the camera, was like any other filter they worked and I clearly couldn't see anything different.

 

It was only when I returned home from the none eventful sunset that I spotted the difference.

 

So are they better than the standard Firecrest filters?

Yes, clearly sharper and more colour neutral.

 

How do they compare with the Ultras?

 

That is the real question and something I am going to take a few days to look at. Knowing Formatt Hitech the Ultras are possibly slightly better though.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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 I will be comparing the new Firecrest Pro filters to the Firecrest Ultra filters and also the now old "standard Firecrest" range of filters.

 

Really curious to see the difference between the different ranges. 

 

Every filter I have in my bags was bought with my own hard-earned money, so I know any bit you can save on buying new filters really helps.

 

 

 

 

Firecrest Pro filters spec's and how they are different from the Ultra filters.

So the main difference between the Firecrest Ultra's and the Firecrest pro filters is the final stage of production where they lap or polish the filters.

 

This is explained fully further down in the official press release.

 

This basically means there is no tolerance for imperfections with the Ultras.

 

The Pro filters will be as completely colour neutral as the Ultra filters, now that really is excellent news.

 

The Pro filters have a new addition though...

 

The edging of the filters is also coated.

This means on graduated filters there is no possibility of light leaking in from the sides of the glass.

 

 

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here
 

 

 

 

What Formatt Hitech have said so far about the new pro range.

 

The Firecrest Pro builds on the history and success of the Firecrest Brand.

 

Our filters are manufactured using a rare earth metal coating, which is applied directly onto the glass using our advanced multi-coating technology. This is then bonded between further layers of the finest Schott Superwhite optical glass to provide industry-leading scratch resistance and longevity.

 

 

For complete light leakage protection, a component on blackout edging is applied to completely alleviate the risk of light leak that can occur through unprotected filter edges.

The Firecrest Pro 2mm range is available in 100x100mm 2mm Standard NDs and 100x150mm 2mm Graduated NDs.

 

 

A Short History of Firecrest

Firecrest were the first photographic filters to use multiple layers to achieve neutral coatings, bringing unprecedented neutrality to the market. To ensure the filters were as durable as possible, they bonded the coating in the centre of two pieces of optical grade polished glass (using a very precise amount of an equally neutral bonding agent, developed in their own laboratories.) This process gave the filters two vital areas of protection:

  • The critical part of the filter, the Neutral Density coating was shielded from wear and tear, instead of a coated filter where one piece of glass is coated on the outside and protected with an anti-scratch treatment. No matter how good the anti-scratch coating, it’s not as tough as glass.

  • They have more structural strength than a single piece of glass.

That’s not to say that coated filters don’t have their place in the market. They are considerably cheaper to produce and so can give similar optical results as bonded filters for, in theory, a much smaller price; the only sacrifice being durability.


 


 

So what is ‘Ultra’ about Firecrest Ultra?

At the same time as they launched Firecrest 2mm to the photographic market, they also launched Firecrest 4mm for the cinema and broadcast market. They were similar in construction to Firecrest 2mm, however, had a second polishing phase, crucial to the needs of motion pictures.

After bonding and polishing, these filters undergo an additional process referred to as “lapping and polishing”. This involves grinding the filters to ensure they are perfectly flat, and then highly polishing the outside to ensure complete clarity. This is essential for video capture as any minute waves or imperfections in the glass, would manifest as a ripple in the image when the cameras are panning (an exaggerated version of this effect can be seen when looking through very old windows.)

Formatt-Hitech have now improved the Firecrest range so that the new Firecrest Ultra filters undergo this same process. As a result, Firecrest Ultra filters were the first bonded, then lapped and polished filters available in the photographic market. They have a lower reflectivity than earlier filters with the clarity and sharpness, even at longer focal lengths; unprecedented in photo filters, whilst still delivering the neutrality that made Firecrest so popular in the first instance.

The Firecrest Ultra product was already profiled last year, in a limited way, as their ‘Eclipse’ filter range. The quality and clarity helped them to outsell all other filters in the marketplace for the full solar eclipse in North America last year. These filters were made in the highest densities ever seen in the photographic market – up to 24 stops – and these high densities are being retained in the Firecrest Ultra range, for use as extreme long exposure filters.

 

 

The Firecrest Pro Filters builds on the history and success of the Firecrest brand. The filters are manufactured using a rare earth metal coating which is applied directly onto the polished glass using their advanced multi coating technology. This is then bonded between further layers of the finest Schott Superwhite optical glass to provide industry leading scratch resistance and longevity.

 

Furthermore, for complete light protection, a component of blackout edging is added to assist in alleviating the risk of light leak that can occur through unprotected filter edges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran Hayes

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest pro filter review

A complete review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest pro filters and why I think they are the photography industries best-kept secret.

6th of February 2020

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If I were to design a complete filter kit it would include the following filters. The Kieran Hayes Landscape photography kit :-)

 

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The amazing Firecrest filter holder

 

 

 

 

 

The filters I use the most are the 6 & 10 stop neutral density filters and the 5 stop graduated filter in the exceptional firecrest filter holder which has an incredible built-in circular polarizing filter also.

 

 

Now most would suggest a 3 stop graduated filter but personally I hardly ever use one, as the Dynamic range of most cameras is so good now, I only use a graduated filter when shooting straight into the sun and a five stop graduated filter is ideal then.

 

 

 

 

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Nikon Z7 Mirrorless system review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/8/nikon-z7-mirrorless-system-review  

 

 

Nikon Z7 first thoughts.

 

 

So after seeing so many reviews of the not yet finished Nikon mirrorless system, I thought something needs to be said.

 

 

 

This camera system was all about a statement and it has really made one.

 

 

I have to say, I was incredibly disappointed to see a single card slot in the Z7 and almost immediately discounted that model as a result of that slip-up.

 

I am eagerly awaiting the Z9 next year now, this is the camera that most people will lust after.

 

 

On the other hand, I have a Nikon D850 which in my mind is still the best full frame all-rounder camera out there (yes even comparing it to the A7riii). So I was in absolutely no hurry to change.

 

 

This camera system launch was so vitally important for Nikon as the Sony A7 and the A9 series were starting to slightly cut into their market share.

 

 

Now, on the other hand, I believe the Sony A7 series was the real Canon killer, the sheer volume of Canon photographers moving to Sony over the last two years has been frightening.

 

 

We all know about the Nikon-Cannon rivalry over the previous decades, let's face it very few Cannon users would willingly move to Nikon, so was Sony was the easier solution?

 

Hopefully, the new Cannon mirrorless system being launched, will be a huge success and keep Cannon one of the great camera makers in the camera market for decades to come.

 

 

There have also obviously been a good few Nikon users move to Sony, a few of them have also moved back again, that in itself is incredibly powerful. Sometimes the hype just can live in the real world, don't get me wrong I am not at all knocking Sony and their wonderful camera's.

 

 

Just compare the Sony A7riii and the Nikon D850 there is very little between them, look at feel, comfort ease of use and battery life and for me the D850 clearly edges well ahead. So why is it shouted from the rooftops everywhere you look now that the Sony A7riii, is it maybe their advertising or choice of promoters? It just doesn't add up.

 

 

Nikon obviously over the last year or two didn't want to lose market share so hence the D850 came along and more than competed with the mirrorless systems.

 

 

The Z7 was the first full-frame mirrorless camera Nikon produced and while the aim was not to produce a flop it was also a statement to their loyal users and Sony also.

 

 

Was everyone going to buy the Z7?

Well no, that was never going to happen but what it was truly all about was could they compete with Sony.

 

 

Sure there are negative reviews about the camera online but you also need to remember it's not the fully functioning final release model people are testing. There are firmware patches yet to be finalised and little bugs to be cleared up.

 

 

So it's a bit like judging the aesthetics of a wedding cake before the icing even goes on!!! 

 

 

 

Back to the point.

Did it work?

Did it convince loyal clients to not jump ship to Sony?

 

 

I completely believe it did work, most professional photographers I have talked to are staggered at the concept of a mass produced 58mm F0.95 lens and a whole series of new lenses with incredibly fast apertures on the way.

 

 

This made the new series a hit even before the Z7 was launched.

 

 

Don't be fooled this is and never was about the Z7 this was about what's coming down the line. With the D850 there as an option, there was never a huge push for mirrorless today. 

 

The real intent is going to be launched with the Z9 and a series of lenses to next year, mirrorless is still in its infancy and until it finds its feet I certainly won't be buying one.

 

Spending hours a day at a pc screen editing images, editing video's, responding to emails and writing the odd silly blog are giving me a slight case of digital eye strain, I certainly don't want to be topping that up by adding another 3 or 4 hours a day looking at an EVF. The optical viewfinder is something I will really struggle to leave behind.

 

 

The reality of the situation is, if you are going to change from the F-mount then it would have to be something incredibly worthwhile and this Z Mount looks like it is going to be just that.

 

 

Imagine shooting at F1.2 & F1.4 and getting incredibly sharp images! I don't just mean sharp I mean staggeringly sharp.

 

 

This could really be a game changer for any serious photographers and it's something no other full frame camera can currently achieve.

 

 

Yes for landscape photographers, it's no big deal, but that's just one genre of photography, on the real professional end of the business it's going to be huge for...  wedding, commercial, product and portrait photographers, we are all taking note and drooling over the prospects this new series could produce.

 

 

The other area where this lens mount is going to draw in some serious fans is Astrophotography, this genre of photography will really get an incredible boost from these incredible fast lenses.

 

 

For landscape photographers, the single card slot isn't the end of the world but for pro togs that is still a big let down.

 

 

 

 

So what happens now?

 

Well, nothing really, I believe most pro togs will just wait for Nikon's version 2 and that's going to be the real model for true professionals as the lens lineup grows.

 

 

Giving us incredibly fast apertures and fantastic detail, that's what photography is all about.

 

 

Do you need to change to mirrorless now? 

For me absolutely not, it's currently pointless. The benefits just aren't there yet.

 

 

Give it another 2 or 3 years and it is, without doubt, going to be the dslr killer, for now, it's only slowly upsetting them.

 

 

 

 

So the D850 and the D5 remain the go-to camera's for professional Nikon users for now.

 

 

There are two real questions to be answered after the Z7 launch.

 

 

Question 1.

Has this stemmed the flow from Nikon to Sony?

I believe it completely has and could see more professional photographers come back to Nikon.

 

 

I have no loyalty to any brand but I must say I love the feel of the Nikon camera's and don't at all like the feel of the Sony's. This may seem biased and could change as products vary but when you hold a camera in your hand for 5+ hours a day on a fashion shoot then I can tell you feel is everything.

 

 

Sure it's a bit heavier but dear god it's not like its a kg heavier. If you want to save weight then choose another profession, it's not about weight, comfort or anything photography is about skill and results, it's as simple as that.

 

 

When we lust after those Hasselblad camera's do we look at the weight specs? No, we don't.

 

 

So for me, it's the D850 all the way until the future Z series camera's are released.

 

 

 

Question 2.

For the people that have reviewed the Z7 and criticised its lack of lenses, I have a simple question why don't you tell us about how good the F to Z mount adaptor is? 

 

 

The reality of it is that anyone buying the Z7 is going to already have the glass. So why not tell us about the adaptor?

 

 

This has been missing from any review I have seen as of yet, it's really the key selling point of this system, isn't it?

 

 

 

These are all my own personal thoughts and yes I ramble on a lot :-)

 

 

 

Remember Nikon has been producing exceptional camera's for over 100 years, they are not going to stop now and competition in the marketplace is great for us all.

 

 

It pushes forward development and keeps companies on their toe's in both pricing and spec wise.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laowa 12mm f2.8 lens https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/7/laowa-12mm-f2-8-lens

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Venus optics, Laowa 12mm F2.8 zero distortion lens.

 

This is my wholehearted honest review of this lens, I have not received any gifts or payment for writing this review.

 

So this lens review has been on my to do list for quite some months now. After seeing the results another photographer produced with this lens I just had to try it.


 

From the first moment I picked up this lens, I loved it but there was a huge problem with the filter holder (Something for another blog post). Don't worry there is a simple solution.

 

 

 

 

So when we purchase a relatively unknown brand of a lens we take a fairly large risk firstly that they will produce a consistently good product and we don't get a dud and secondly that the product will work not only as described but also with a slight little sliver of grace. 

 

Nothing worse than a rough scratch focus ring or an aperture control that just pops out of position whenever it feels like it.

 

 

So when I finally got my hands on a Venus Optics Laowa 12mm F2.8mm lens. I was more than a bit nervous opening the beautiful box. Would the box simply be the best bit or was this the start of a beautiful relationship?

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Now some of you might say who the hell is Venus Optics, I never heard of them before.


 

Well believe it or not they are a Chinese company, yes a few people are probably smirking after reading they are a Chinese company but I would add that very few people are laughing at DJI now especially after they bought Hasselblad.

 

I would bet my money on the fact this company are heading in the very same direction.

 

Laowa seems to specialise in producing incredible off the wall lenses.


 

What do I mean by off the wall?

 

Well I mean they produce the sort of products other companies steer completely clear of.


 


 

Take this 12mm F2.8 lens, it has 16 glass elements in 10 groups. Yes, a total of 16 glass elements and it feels like it's designed to withstand a nuclear attack.

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They not only managed to produce an incredibly sharp lens which to be fair is some achievement but this unit is also practically distortion free. Couple all that up with the exceptional feel of the product and it's a pure winner. 


 

With this lens, they have brought lens production (in a small scale) back to the old days of extremely solid all-metal bodies with incredibly sharp optics thrown in for good measure.


 

In short, this is the type of lens that if you travelled back in time with one it would feel incredibly at home in the 1980's as regards to the physical feel of it and yet it lives and breathes in the 2020's as regards optical performance.


 

Now if you want to hear something crazy then listen to this.


 

This mad little piece of glass at 12mm can take 100mm filters on a full frame camera. Yes, 100mm filters on 12mm lens with very little vignetting apparently. Getting back to that filter holder later on.


 

As you may have guessed I am more than a little excited about this product and yes it's probably the photography nerd in me running around the room jumping up and down at the thought of using it.

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To have a full frame 12mm zero distortion rectilinear lens (not a fisheye lens) at F2.8 and that can take 100mm filters is a bit of a smile tickler for me. Seriously though how utterly crazy is that?


 

My Nikon 16-35mm F4 lens has severe distortion at 16mm when compared to this lens. Now some of you might say 12mm or 16mm is the same well I can tell you its a whole different ball game shooting at 12mm. It's not just wide it's immense. It feels like not just using a different lens but morphing into a different reality.

 

Sure there are a lot of products you can get at 16mm and 14mm so why is 12mm so special? I Think in my over eagerness I already answered that.


 

Because it's sooo incredibly wide it completely changes a scene and alters the depth and feel of a photograph. There are other products available at 12mm most are fisheye lenses and have some serious distortion going on or they only let in half the light that this lens does and still suffer from distortion. 


 

It has only just arrived in the last month but I have to say the build quality is amazing (edit after nearly two months of use, I love it even more).


 

If you close your eyes and pick up an old all metal Nikon Ais lens from 20 years ago and did a blind feel test the Laowa would win with regards to feel.


 

Its a really beautiful amalgamation of incredible optics and moulded crafted metal.


 

Such a novelty for modern-day lens design that the only bit of plastic you feel on this lens is the end caps.

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I would argue the point that it feels nicer than the modern day Zeiss and Leica lenses which I was lucky enough to use over the last few months.


 

The aperture ring is easy to turn with clicks as it slots into its full stop positions, the focus ring is soft and smooth to turn like a fluid video tripod head. It just gives the reassurance that this product is built not only with quality in mind but a good slice of grace and elegance also. Picture a tank doing ballet and this is it. 


 

This lens is a full manual or dumb lens. There are no electronics or focus motors built in. So its aimed at the type of photographer that really knows what they are doing.


 

This is a nice break away from the auto attached photography of the modern world.


 

It will undoubtedly kill it's appeal to a lot of people but I believe it was never designed for any type of mass market.


 

So the big question is where are the pictures and where are the results I hear you say. Well, I actually haven't gotten around to taking any serious shots yet that I can post.

 

I have tried this lens out well on a few commercial jobs and wow its pin sharp, balances beautifully on the Nikon D850 and feels like pure quality.

 

 


 

I wrote this blog about the lens as I really felt it was worth talking about the design and how it feels in the hand.

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Companies like this should not only be applauded but encouraged to go push some more boundaries and to continue to excite and produce little metal masterpieces like this.


 

It would have been so easy to drop the price and produce this unit in the modern day plastic exterior casing skimp on the optical design but I for one am so happy they didn't. This could be a modern day masterpiece it's really that simple.



 

Stay tuned for the real world test.

 

So far I am incredibly impressed and really feel like companies like Nikon and Canon should step up and be pressing more to produce quality like this.

 

 

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Selling a house top tips https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/6/selling-a-house-in-west-cork  

 

Professional Photography is the best investment you could make while selling your house.

 

 

 

 

So if your reading this you're probably thinking of selling your house and wondering whats the best way to do it.


 

 

If you can spare two minutes to read this short blog it could be the best time and financial investment you have ever made. Regardless of the price, I have photographed houses from €50,000.- to €4,000,000.- and the results are the same. Investing in great images always yields a great reward.


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I have a few pointers below and a very short story from a recent experience that might help you get a lot more money for your property.
 


 

This real-life story is about a photoshoot I did for a client which included internal, external photographs and drone photography with a short aerial video of the property also included on the day.



 

This house that was struggling to get any serious offers even after 6 months of being on the market. The client contacted me and after a quick chat, they asked me to help them sell their property.

 

Below is an example of the style of images I produced for them below that again is the same room shot in the way most estate agents would capture it.

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If you were to stumble across both these images online I am sure you would be more captivated by the upper image as it shows more of the room firstly and has a warm bright feel to it. The upper image is how I saw the room when I first walked in the door. A wide bright open bedroom with lots of light and a nice homely feel to it. The lower image is tight, narrow, cold and dark. The room still looks nice but it's not the same. 

 

If you were to picture yourself going to bed then I am sure the warm cosy feel of the first shot would be far more welcoming then the harsher second style of shot.

 

 

So getting back to my story just two months after the new images were captured and posted online the house was getting a lot more viewings and several people were showing interest in the property.

 


 

This demand pushed the price up and sold the house for €20,000.- more than the asking price and €75,000.- more than the previously declined offer.

 


 

Their investment of €250.- + Vat yielded them €75,000 more for their home purely because when buyers were looking online their house stood out more and attracted more viewings which then lead to more offers generating a higher price for them.


 

This might not be normal in every house but even if it was only one-fifth of the price increase on your property it would still be a fantastic return on investment.



 

It's obvious for us all that the more people interested in your home the higher the price goes.



 

So very often I find properties are overlooked online because of the poor images that after all are showcasing or representing your property online. It's so easy now for clients to just swipe onto the next property you have but a few seconds to catch their eye and hope they add your property to their favourites.

 

 

How people view and purchase properties have changed, the days of calling to auctioneers to collect brochures are slowly going as its all viewed online now on a daily basis by possible purchasers and your property needs to stand out to get your property on their list of places to view.

 

Having dull poorly taken images could possibly be what's holding your property back, don't start your sales process with a backward step. Put your best foot forward and present your property in the best way possible.


 


 

A small investment in great photographs has consistently yielded my client's huge rewards over the years.


 


 

How do you show the property at it's best?



 

As I have mentioned already good quality internal photographs highlight the interior space of your house. External ground-based images give you the viewpoint of being at the house and surrounding grounds.

 


 

What's left?


 

Well, location, as we all know, is the key.

 


 

Drone or aerial photography gives us this unique perspective that we can see the undulations of the surrounding area and the views as well as the location itself so this is where my drone comes in and not only shows the house and grounds but also the locality.


 

 

With its low and high flying angles, you can truly show off the contours of the location and the proximity to amenities like the sea, beaches, tourist sites, forests and places of interest.


 

 

A small investment really can yield huge rewards for your property and attract more buyers.

 

 

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Or to inquire about getting your house photographed or simply getting a no obligations quote send me a message by Clicking here

 

 

Presenting your house properly for viewings and making sure it's neat and tidy is as always incredibly important.

 

 

First impressions are always key, your online images and brochure are now great so we need to follow that up in real life.

 

 

When the client walks into the house those first few seconds really are important.

 

Small little things really help like decluttering the main living spaces, add flowers on the dining table, books or magazines on the coffee table and make sure all the lights around the house are working.

 

The above might cost you €50 to €150 over the selling time of the house but again you want the client to feel at home when they arrive. These little steps make the house seem more homely and after all the main aim is to sell a home, not four walls and a roof.

 

Having the lawn cut once a week might be a nuisance but again it all really helps. If you want the client to picture themselves owning the house the last thing you want them to be thinking is "oh we better cut the grass soon".

 

Obviously painting the house if it's in a poor state is a must but again go for more neutral colours, think of a show house all the colours are neutral so most clients will like it. It's then a blank canvas for the new owners.

 

You may not personally like it but then again your not buying the house.

 

Get a good auctioneer, someone who is busy, progressive and has a strong online and visual presence. As with any other person your employing, ask around and get reviews or opinions on your auctioneer.

 

 

 

Lastly, I wish you good luck with your sale and also with your move. 

 

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikon D850 Review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/5/nikon-d850-review  

 

A photographers review of the Nikon D850.

Also comparing it to the Nikon D810.

 

 

 

 

This is a real-world review and my experiences with the Nikon D850.

 

So should you believe the hype is the D850 really that much better than the D810?

 

Well according to all the reviews there is a clear difference, for me initially, I couldn't see that much of a difference which was a bit surprising and to be honest with you more than a bit disappointing.

 

Sure my expensive camera could now do the same things as my phone as it had a touch screen and pinch zoom, wifi and Bluetooth installed but at what cost? 

 

Is it about gimmicks or end results? Yes, these features like the tilting screen are handy but is it just something else to go wrong?

 

Now after having this camera for about 5 days I had a rather large jewellery shoot to do and as I nestled in and got comfy in my chair with a nice bit of music playing I suddenly noticed I had actually installed the D810 camera on the micro positioning plate, the lighting was set up and I was ready to go.

 

Now you may well ask what the hell has this to do with a camera review. In my mind everything, I didn't pause or think about it for a second.

 

Both cameras were on my desk beforehand and honestly at the time I couldn't really see a huge difference between them. So I picked up my normal camera subconsciously and set it up.

 

So why wouldn't I use the D810?

 

Well, that again is an interesting one, it's a truly gorgeous camera and the day I let it go will be a sad one for me. We have been through a lot of work together and it has never let me down. It's incredibly robust, feels comfortable to hold for hours on end and always works. To really replace this camera the D850 would have to be something special so let's see if it is.

 

 

Back to the shoot.

So me being me I swapped out the camera's after shooting a few products, I popped on the D850 continuing to photograph the products in the order I had them set out. 

 

It was then I stopped...

 

The detail level difference was more than noticeable it was staggering. In fact so much so that I re-shot the Items I had done with the D810.

 

If your pixel peeping on landscapes yes the D850 is better but what's in front of your sensor has to be really right for you to notice a huge difference. If your focus is slightly off or if you have minute camera movement in your shots then save your money and buy the D810. 

 

So in a controlled environment with detail as the ultimate prize, the D850 shone like no other camera has for me before.

 

It could just be down to megapixels but there is something special about the camera body it just seems to caress and encourage every little bit of detail like the D810 had to be really pushed to do so before. 

 

I then tried something I had never done before and shot some products in jpeg, the results were incredibly good and it was staggering to think they were straight out of the camera.  

 

Again long story and me rambling on but a few months ago I changed from the Firecrest filters to the Firecrest Ultra filters and I have to say there was a nice difference in sharpness but with them now paired with the D850 they brought detail out in images that I seriously love now.

 

So is there a difference?

 

Well yes, there is and it's more than worth it. 

 

In saying that I still use my D810 for a lot of work and its a really good camera, but for me the D850 really is a beast of a DSLR camera.

 

Those first few days I was a bit taken aback as I expected there to be a noticeable difference but it really only showed through when you really got in close and used exactly the right equipment in the right conditions and then it shattered the D810.

 

For me, I can only ask whats next?

 

How can they ever improve on this unit or is it even possible?

 

 

Conclusion.

So the D850 is a better camera it's sharper has higher resolution, a tilting screen which for low angle shots is very handy. The wifi and Bluetooth connectivity are very useful at times but these are all side issues as a camera is for capturing images and for me that's the only area where it should be measured.

 

It's worth should always be primarily the quality of the images it can produce. Considering the increased resolution hence smaller pixel size the fact that the dynamic range is fractionally better than the D810 is staggering.

The high ISO performance is also a large step forward.

 

The max Frames per second of 9fps with the battery grip opens this camera up to a number of genres also.

 

In my mind, this camera is truly now a universal camera that can be used for anything from wildlife photography to Astrophotography. It does everything so incredibly well.

 

 

So yes it's worth it but it all truly depends on the level you're at and the equipment your using with it.

 

The battery life again is amazing and like the D810 so far it has been bulletproof.

 

Something that I was originally disappointed with turned out to be a great buy.

 

Don't expect miracles from it but it will deliver what you capture with it at ease.

 

The camera is never the most important element in a photograph its the person that's behind it that truly matters. 

 

In saying that it's also important that the camera can deliver what you envisage in your mind and sometimes you need an exceptional bit of equipment to create what you saw.

 

Never get hung up on equipment but also never let your equipment hold you back is what I say.

 

Photography has progressed so far now that the exceptional photographs from 10 years ago are just about normal now.

 

The elements and techniques used are being pushed all the time to create perfection in a single moment.

 

So in a time where you need perfection in every single shot you also need equipment you can rely on and have faith in. That's where this camera comes in.

 

Speaking of equipment, the batteries for the D810 also work in the D850. If they are original batteries that is.

I had a Hahnel battery which I charged and was ready to shoot with one day but the D850 wouldn't switch on, it was incompatible with the camera but worked in the D810. 

 

Lesson learned buy originals :-)

 

I hope this review was of some help to you and good luck with your photography journey.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Formatt Hitech Firecrest filter holder Vignetting https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/5/formatt-hitech-firecrest-filter-holder-vignette Vignetting on the Firecrest 100mm Filter holder from Formatt Hitech.

 

 

 

 

I have a new up date to this blog post here.

 

 

 

So if this is showing up for you it's not a problem it's just showing up because you are using an Ultra wide-angle lens and the filter holder is not close enough to your lens.

 

Like for example, my Nikkor 16-35mm F4 lens showed the below vignetting before I got a 77mm rotating ring adaptor.

 

I am delighted to be able to offer 10% off all Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10, simply enter the code at checkout to get the discount.

 

The problem showed up at its worst when the lens was focused on a very close subject. So I made the effect as bad as I possibly could on all the shots below. 

 

The below shot is with exactly the same original setup but with lens correction applied in Lightroom.

 

Now with the new 77mmm rotating ring attached. See the second shot below.

The same shot below with lens profile correction applied in lightroom and the vignetting is nearly completely gone. 

On the shot above you can still see a tiny bit of vignetting up in the top corners but you will never be focusing this closely in a normal photograph. Setting up your focus as normal for a standard landscape image and the vignetting is completely gone.

 

You can see the difference in the rotating rings below.

New setup on the Left and old setup on the right.

The new rotating ring is a lot slimmer as there is no adaptor ring needed and it brings the holder closer to the lens solving the problem.

 

As I said above I am delighted to be able to offer 10% off all Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10, simply enter the code at checkout to get the discount.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, you can contact me here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Long Exposure Photography tutorial https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/4/long-exposure-photography-tutorial
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I have an update on this blog post here on my dedicated landscape photography website.

 
 
I am asked nearly daily on social media "how do you do Long Exposure photography?"
 
 
Well, the answer is really quite simple.
 
 
 
For Long Exposure or LE photography as we will call it you need two things...
 
Firstly a tripod.
 
Secondly a set of Filters.
 
 
 
 
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To understand LE photography always remember that a photograph is just captured light.
 
 
Each photo needs to be correctly exposed (to have enough light, neither too much nor too little). Our aim as photographers is to balance light correctly (something I will post about later).
 
 
 
A long exposure shot is simply one where the camera absorbs the image (light) for longer this then creates a blurred effect on moving objects like cars, stars or primarily water as seen in many of my photographs.
 
 
You can use this effect to manually create the surreal out of the ordinary, to capture an image is a wonderful feeling but to create something you truly love and can enjoy daily is an experience second to none.
 
 
An LE shot can be anything from half a second to minutes long. Most LE shots are within the 30-second mark though.
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So here we go.
 
How do we reduce the light to the cameras? How does the camera interact with light? That's the first thing you must understand and its actually very simple. So stick with me :-)
 
 
 
The first method is a neutral density filter (darkened glass) this reduces the light allowed into the lens. This ND (neutral density) filter acts like sunglasses for your camera :-).
 
 
This sits in front of the lens blocking a percentage of the light and can be purchased in two main varieties. Screw on filters (physically screws on to the lens) or secondly a filter holder which can hold a few different filters at the same time and can be removed easily (very important).
 
 
 
 
You can purchase these in various strength's depending again on the effect you want and the light level you are shooting in. Which basically means you have darker glass and lighter glass.
 
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The second way is to use the aperture of the lens, using a high aperture or F-stop eg. F16.
 
 
 
Now I know this sounds complicated again but think of it like this...
 
 
 
The aperture on your camera acts exactly the same as your own Iris in your eye. When its bright your eye closes so you don't absorb too much light and when its dark it opens wide to absorb as much as possible.
 
 
 
We can control the Aperture on the lens in either manual mode (I always use manual), A, AP or AV mode which is generally the Aperture Priority mode. The more we increase the F-number or F-Stop the more we close the "iris" hence less light. By decreasing the light in the camera it means we need to take a slower photograph to slowly let the correct amount of light in to create the photograph which in turn creates the desired motion blur.
 
 
 
Lastly, your camera can also by itself vary the exposure time required through the ISO setting. ISO just varies the sensitivity of the light receiver or sensor in your camera.
 
 
 
The ISO setting should be set to manual and at ISO100 or the lowest native or real ISO setting on your specific camera.
 
 
 
Combining a neutral density filter, high F-stop (F16) and a low ISO mean your camera in the aperture priority mode will need to take a long exposure to correctly expose the image.
 
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Try this 
 
It pays to experiment, so after sunset tonight why not try taking a photograph of the clouds directly overhead.
 
Firstly setup your Tripod and adjust your Camera's Iso to ISO100 or 200 whichever is your lowest. Point your camera upwards, zoom out fully and set the F-stop to say F16.
 
In aperture priority mode your camera will generally select the correct shutter speed. Take a few shots under different light and see the effect. 
 
Tip: Having a building in the image will help ground the image. This will not create a beautiful photograph but it will help you to understand how it all works.
 
 
Ghost images are simply done by standing in the frame of the image while the photograph is being taken for a certain period of time but not all the exposure time. It's vital you stay completely still.
 
I have a blog post on How to capture the image and also another one on Camera Filters
 
Nb. Always use a tripod. Its impossible to keep the camera steady handheld.
 
 
I will be doing a video on Long exposure photography soon over on my Youtube channel so click Here to go subscribe to it and don't forget to like the videos.
 
 
 
 
As a Firecrest Formatt Hitech official filter ambassador, I can offer a 10% discount on their huge range of filters via their website with code HAYES10 yep reverted back to the sales stuff ;-)
 
 
 
If you're interested in attending a Photography Workshops in Ireland click here.
 
 
Any questions then please feel free to ask in the comments below.
 
 
 
 
See you out there,
Kieran 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Cokin vs Lee vs Nisi vs Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filter holders and Filters Review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/4/cokin-vs-lee-vs-nisi-vs-formatt-hitech-firecrest-filter-holders-and-filters-review

Cokin, Lee, Nisi and Firecrest photography filter holders and filters review, experiences with them and why I changed to the Formatt Hitech Firecrest range.

 

 

 

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This is an update to an older blog post which as filters have changed I felt I needed to update the blog also. I might have a very long-winded way of writing this but if you have or are interested in filters or thinking of buying them then this is going to help you I hope. So sit down relax and take a few minutes to learn from my experiences.

 

 

I would like to say I purchased all these systems with my own hard-earned money.
As most of you will know I am an ambassador for the Formatt Hitech range of products incl the Firecrest Pro & Ultra range of filters but I would also like to say it was my vocal appreciation for their products after I had purchased them that led to Formatt Hitech approaching me about becoming one of their ambassadors.


 

 

 

I haven't received any free filters or products for this review it's something I wrote 3 years ago and I update regularly in the hope of saving people money and lots of wasted time.

 

 

 

The advantage of me being an ambassador for their range is I can give you a 10% off code 10% Discount code  HAYES10  for Formatt Hitech products via their official website. For transparency, I should add I get a slight kickback from the sales.

 

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To subscribe to my email list for the very latest Formatt Hitech special offers and special discount codes as they happen click Here.

 

 

 

 

So 100mm Camera Filters and holders and why I changed to Firecrest filters completely.

 

 

Over the years I have tried and tested numerous photography neutral density filters and their holders for landscape and seascape photography this has been my journey with all the bumps and problems I have met on the way.

 

 

On my wandering journey through several filters and holders, I have tried and worked with a number of manufacturers from Cokin, Lee, Nisi and Formatt Hitech firecrest. This has been a long and winding road for me, most of us have travelled along this path with both positive and negative experiences. So I thought why not document my experiences and help steer a few people down the better path.

 

 

 

 

 

Cokin

A long time ago I started with the cheaper Cokin filters (incidentally they were not the 100mm version) which worked fairly well but they have a strong magenta colour cast when combined together to increase the neutral density strength.

 

 

So I would have normally used a 3 stop nd filter with a 3 stop ND grad. This combination was sufficient after sunset or on overcast days to capture some motion blur but just not strong enough to create exposures for longer than half a second.

 

 

The holder and filters are ok for the price but the end results are nowhere near a proper set of filters. The holder is plastic which slides over the metal adaptor rings that screw on to the camera lens. It's a bit clumsy to take on and off when composing an image but as the nd strength is quite weak your camera can focus with the filters attached.

 

 

The filters are made of resin and apart from their magenta cast are usable just be careful as they are very easily scratched and rendered useless then.

 

 

Verdict... Cheap and a great starting point but that's where it ends. Not at all colour neutral and using these near sand they get destroyed in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

Lee

Next, I ventured down the road of Lee filters and yes they are a big step forward and worked reasonably well in most situations with only a few issues.

 

The first being the holder itself, it clips on snuggly enough to the lens adaptors but if you are unlucky to accidentally hit the holder while moving or repositioning the camera then the filter holder can just slip out of place and fall to the ground smashing your filters.

 

 

The edge of the brass gripper for some strange reason is sloped in such a way that you can pull the housing off the adaptor ring and it can easily unclip itself.

 

 

The next slight issue I had was the blue colour cast,

Yes, it can be corrected in editing to some extent but it throws off the colours in the sky still and I have struggled to correct this a number of times.

 

 

Also when you pay for a premium product you shouldn't accept defects straight out of the box.

 

 

Lastly, the nd grads were made of resin, now anyone that is serious about seascape or landscape photography will tell you how easy it is to scratch these filters. All it takes is a grain of sand in your cleaning cloth and serious damage can be done in a split second.

 

 

For their price, I wouldn't consider these filters or filter holder good value for money.

 

 

Time has moved on and most companies have improved their range incidentally as have Lee but with that in mind, it took an incredibly long time for them to move forward and for that reason you tend to see fewer of them in use today.

 

Verdict... Colour cast was just wrong straight out of the box. Holder design needs to be improved on, Nd grads in Resin considering the price is crazy, the price of the ring adaptors are very expensive. If you want a polariser they are incredibly expensive and have a design flaw in that light can get in between the polariser and ND filter or lens, this is a major problem at times.

 

 

 

Nisi

Next on the journey was Nisi, I have to say I like the filters themselves they are fairly colour neutral and their filter holder is nice enough.

 

The real advantage of this unit over the other two above is the inbuilt polariser. Its a beautiful little touch and with the external wheels for rotating it make it simple to use.

 

The only criticism I have of the polariser is that it's delicate to put in place and I was always unsure if it was locked in place properly or not, would it just suddenly pop back out again and smash to a million pieces on the ground. A solid click as its positioned would be nice.

 

The polariser has fallen out on me more than once.

 

The holder itself is simple and it works well it's not as easy to position on the adaptor rings as the Lee system but not far behind either. The two small little legs designed to hold the holder in place before you lock it in place are very small and hard to find at the best of times.

 

Verdict... A nice product but not cheap, the filter holder is good but I constantly worried about the polariser and the seating on the adaptor ring was a bit hit and miss when you're in a hurry.

 

I never scratched one of their filters but I didn't have them that long either. I would be worried about the nano-coating on the filters getting damaged through exposure to grit, sand or dust.

 

In saying all that I would add that Nisi the Chinese manufacturer was better than the Lee setup.

 

 

 

 

 

Formatt Hitech Firecrest

Finally, we arrive at where I am today, as an official Formatt Hitech Firecrest ambassador this review may seem to be biased but it just so happens I was delighted to be chosen by them for the simple reason that I love their filters and products.

 

Their customer service is second to none and constantly amazes me and anyone that I have spoken to has said the same.

A good product is only as good as its weakest link and I am still trying to find one after five years using their products now.

 

So let me just start with my very first experience using their new filter holder and filters.

 

Being honest when I initially used the Firecrest filter holder I wasn't sure about it. It just seemed to be so different. It was only when I stopped and treated it like any other part of my camera equipment I realised it just needed to be customised.

 

After two mins of adjusting it and getting it the way I wanted it, I started to feel very very comfortable with it.

 

Initially, the filters were stiff going into their slots, the unusual aspect of having the gasket fitted to the filter holder and not the filter seemed alien to me. It was only when I slightly loosened the tension screws on the filter slots I realised this could actually really grow on me.

 

Now just think about that, isn't it great that you can have the filters at the tension you want and not fixed via the factory.

 

So it took me about an hours use before I really began to fall in love with this filter holder and I haven't looked back since.

 

 

The gasket on the holder is not a problem at all and the filter holder itself can be removed very easily with just one hand as there is a thumb-slide that releases it, this is something I instantly liked, the ease of rapid removal then refocusing and composing a shot was just so very easy.

 

Repositioning it is just a matter of clipping it back in place and after you see the lever lock again with a nice solid audible click you're ready to go.

 

Having a built-in polarising filter is also again a major plus. This time the polarising filter screws into the lens adaptor section, something you then don't have to worry about falling out of place. Also a lovely little wheel on the side of the holder to turn the polariser

 

A huge bonus to this system is you can use the polarising filter without the holder in place. Now that's a huge bonus and something the others couldn't do.

 

The extra removable caps for the filter holder are fantastic for removing any stray light and work perfectly. They are the holder's secret weapon also as they stop any seaspray from getting in between the graduated filter and the Neutral density filter.

 

Can I find a fault with the adaptor?

Well not yet, it's easy to position on the camera and feels solid, has an inbuilt polariser, and external wheel to rotate the filter, seems to be easy to customise, if I were being petty I would have requested the option for a third filter slot (I will never use it though) and brass filter adaptor rings as Aluminium or alloys never wears well and have a tendency to lock on the camera threads but when you look at all the other systems mentioned above none of them provide brass rings either.

 

The winning points for the Firecrest filter holder over any of the others are.....

  • Easy to clip on one-handed.
  • Polariser screws securely into place.
  • Polariser can be used without the holder.
  • Turning or twisting the holder on the camera won't also turn the polariser.
  • Extra Light shield caps are the true winner for preventing sea spray and light rain from getting in between the Graduated and Neutral density filter.
  • It's cheaper.... yes with the 10% off its cheaper than the rest. On my filter holder review I breakdown the pricing of all the others Here

 

The Firecrest Ultra filters themselves are made of bonded glass so the actual nd part of the filter is protected by hardened glass on both sides making them incredibly scratch resistant. They are completely colour neutral and have a very large selection of filters to choose from covering all price ranges.

 

Full review of the Firecrest Ultra filters Here where I go into a lot more detail on their groundbreaking sharpness and colour clarity.

 

I have an in-depth review of the firecrest holder Here and the awesome reason why I love it.
 

 

I have a post here on my recommended starter filter kit, its exceptional value for money and includes everything you need starting out.

 

Verdict... I love the filter holder now, it's so easy to use and the neutrality of the filters is second to none.

 

All in all a really nice system and great value for money definitely by far my favourite filter holder. In short, I always carried the Nisi and Lee systems in my bag but now I only carry the Formatt Hitech Firecrest system with me.

 

 

So to sum it up the Firecrest Ultra filters are completely colour neutral and exceptionally easy to use, at the end of the day we should expect no less. 

 

It should be the case with all filters but sadly it's not, I am very proud to be associated with such a company and can only give my honest opinion on their products. If I didn't like them I personally wouldn't use them or promote their products.

 

 

They have a huge range of filters and filter holders for all prices making it the ideal one-stop-shop. As an ambassador for their products, I can also offer a 10% discount with the discount code  HAYES10  at checkout via their website simply click Here to see their range.

 

Don't just take my word for it, look at all my new upcoming images. I can already see an improvement. 

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here
 

 

I have a blog post on Long Exposure Photography which helps explain what filters are used for and how to use them.

 

Any questions feel free to email me @ kieranhayesphotography@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

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Formatt Hitech vs Nisi vs Lee vs Cokin

4th January 2020

Firecrest Pro nd Filter

Kieran Hayes

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£90

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My top 10 photography tips.

 

 

 

 

 

I wish when I started out somebody told me these 10 tips :-)

 

Now some of these tips might seem obvious but stay with me all is not always what it seems.

 

All too often we forget the tools that help us not alone capture the images we want. 

 

It's so very important to also keep our equipment in its best working order so this is also included in my top 10 list of photography tips.

 

 

 

1.- Buy a tripod.

 

Now you might say I don't need one but a tripod has two functions for you.

 

Firstly yes it steadies your shot but it also gives you the ability to use both hands to control the camera and more importantly the possibility to just step back and look at the shot you took while comparing it to the view in front of you.

 

If you can stand there with two hands-free it gives you a bit of a break and also the ability to completely concentrate on what you're actually capturing. 

 

All too often we get distracted by the process of taking an image. The technicalities get in the way and nudge the compositional aspects of photography out of the way.

 

It might seem like a pain carrying a tripod around with you but trust me you won't regret it.

 

Free your hands and also your mind.

 

Compose your shot lock your tripod and then worry about the light and how to capture it.

 

Give yourself a helping hand and buy a good tripod. It could become your best friend yet. My tripod carries all the little dents and scratches from our years of experiences together.

 

 

 

 

2.- Know your equipment.

 

Yes, this is one of those obvious ones that few people focus on.

 

So photography is all about capturing the moment and if your fumbling around trying to change settings or find that right button well then chances are you have probably missed that fleeting moment.

 

Know your equipment and no it doesn't mean sitting down for 3 days reading that 2-tonne book that came with your camera.

 

My tip is to look up your camera model on youtube and select an instructional video from the list, they are generally short and to the point.

 

Repeat the process another day and before you know it, your a camera ninja. 

 

Some of the presenters are even entertaining to watch, so give it a go and get yourself closer to capturing that moment.

 

 

 

3.- Go to beautiful places at the right time.

 

Yes, that yet again might seem like a no-brainer but it's a very common mistake.

 

Ok, so the golden hours of sunrise and sunset are the obvious ones but also keep in mind when the busy times of the day are for tourists or cars.

 

Nothing worse then seeing a gorgeous landscape ruined by cars passing through it or that awkward tourist doing god only knows what right in the middle of your composition.

 

How will the change in seasons affect your image? Will the fading green and emerging brown from the leaves add that missing detail to your image?

 

If its a coastal location then check the tides and know when the water is right for that specific location. Some areas benefit from a high tide whereas other do well at low tide. Generally it works best when the tide has started to come in as the sand is dry and so are the rocks.

 

 

 

 

4.- Keep your equipment at its best.

Most people skip this step as it doesn't appear to help you take photographs but this is about helping you take consistently good photographs.

 

Did you know Fungus or Mould are Lens killers?

 

They degrade the quality of your images, introduce imperfections and can be a real pain as well as being very expensive.

 

 

Buy little packets of silica gel to help keep your equipment moisture free. Yes, we all know that electronics don't like moisture but what most people tend to forget is that glass really doesn't like it also.

 

So picture this you are out at the sea taking photos and your camera gets a tiny bit damp or alternatively you are out shooting in the cold and you bring your camera straight back into the house with you.

 

Transferring a camera from a cold environment to a warm one quickly will cause condensation to form and introduce the risk of moisture damage again. So leave the camera slowly heat up in the camera bag before taking it out. 

 

Now in both of these situations, you will get moisture forming around the lens which isn't the end of the world but if this moisture gets inside your lens it will develop into fungus and this will slowly kill your lens.

 

Silica gel patches in your camera bag (and a good wipe from a cloth if its sea spray) will help soak up the moisture or sea spray.

 

Letting your camera slowly acclimatise after coming in out of the cold in your camera bag, with gel patched inside will also prevent any fungus build up. 

 

This may not improve your photography but it will certainly help it from degrading due to lens fungus or mould.

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Putting used Silica gel packets in the oven at 150 degrees for 10 mins can also dry out the gel packets so you can use them again. Caution some of the packets materials can melt.

 

 

 

5.- Always take the shot.

 

Never go home wondering about an image, take the shot and go home with one. Take it at different exposure levels if you're unsure.

 

Use your tripod and then take the shot, take the camera off the tripod and turn away from the view and look at the image on the back of the camera and really check that its what you wanted to capture.

 

All too often people convince themselves that what they are seeing with their eyes is what the camera is capturing, it's only when they get home and look at the image on their computer screen that they really see what was captured. 

 

So separating your view from what you captured can really help. Again the advantage of the tripod is you can just pop the camera back on and take exactly the same shot again if you want to.

 

So if you ever find yourself in a car passing a beautiful view take my advice and pull in where it's safe and get out and take the shot.

 

It will eat you up inside for weeks afterwards if you don't.

 

 

 

6.- Spend your money on Glass.

 

Something I was told about 6 years ago by a very well known photographer and something I have passed onto all the clients on my workshops.

 

A good camera body will be a good investment for 3 years or so. Then it will slowly become old and outdated whereas a lens will stay faithful and keep performing at its best for a very long time once you take care of it.

 

So for performance per pound go for glass. Always buy the best lens you can afford its something that will keep you happy for years to come.

 

Again on keeping your lens as fresh as possible use a screw on UV filter, they are cheap and are optically clear so they don't affect the image (they can help remove Haze from an image).

If they get scratched they are easy to replace and could save you hundreds on a lens repair.

 

 

 

7.- Try different angles.

 

Try taking shots from different angles.

 

Sometimes all it takes is changing your perspective to create something completely different.

 

It could be to hide a distracting object or in sharp contrast you can also make an item more dominant in your image by changing your position.

 

Don't forget to try different heights.

 

All too often we take images from a standing position. Try lowering your camera height to bring different elements into the shot.

 

For example a lower camera angle can help give the foreground more impact in the shot and offer a unique view.

 

Or for photographing kids go down to their level or below it. Your images will be utterly transformed by the change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.- Keep your creative side alive.

 

Push yourself to produce the shot.

 

There is always a shot to be captured it's just a matter of opening our eyes and having the vision to see it.

 

One bit of advice I gave a client some time ago was to go to a very popular tourist site and watch photographers over an hour set up and take their shots.

 

At the end of the hour, I told the client to go over and talk to the same photographers and ask them if she could see what they captured.

 

She did and the results were so very different.

 

It really brought home to her that we all see things differently and while you might arrive at a less than ideal location if you open your mind you will always find something to work with.

 

The more you do this the easier it will become to find the shot and keep your creative side working.

 

Creativity is like a muscle if you don't use it you lose it.

 

"Never replicate always innovate" are words to live by. Don't reproduce others work try and create your own.

 

Try something new and always keep learning.   

 

 

 

9.- The Exposure Triangle

Yes, I said it the three words that frighten the life out of hobbyists.

 

Do yourself a favour and read up on it or again use the wonderful world of Youtube to learn more.

 

This is something I will come back to on a separate blog as its just too much to cover here.

 

 

 

10.- Take the images for you.

 

A lot of modern life's stresses and strains are carried on our shoulders but not only at work, we tend to carry them home with us.

 

Try to plant your feet in nature take an hour, just watch and be part of it. A few deep breaths a bit of calm space and watch the scene unfold.

 

 

Take some photographs but don't feverishly snap away like your camera is on speed. This tip is to take your time. One great shot is worth one million ok shots.

 

I see photographers taking so many photographs they are nearly shooting video. There is no skill in that if you take enough photographs then eventually you will capture the moment. That's not skill, its just not missing anything. 

 

The skill is seeing the moment before it even happens and capturing it in two or three shots.

 

Take your time and care for each photograph and if you do you will see it in the image and hopefully that's something you can hang in your office or at home with pride.

 

Let it be a visual reminder of the experience and help drift you back there that little bit every time you see it.

 

So focus on what you love and keep it close to you and it will always make you smile.

 

 

Anything that makes you smile on the inside is always going to be beautiful.

 

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hahnel modus 600rt Review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/3/hahnel-modus-600rt-flashgun

 

Hahnel Modus 600rt review

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a real-world review, I purchased this product myself and haven't received any gifts or payments etc... for writing this impartial review. 

 

So this is my quick review of the Hahnel Modus 600RT pro kit speedlights.

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I have to say I was expecting this system to be very lightweight and poorly built considering the price and the specifications.

 

I have been very pleasantly surprised with the kit, the change over from my Nikon flashguns in feel has been minimal. The change over as regards how they work for you has been simply breathtaking.

 

I had one concern (well actually a few) with this system.

Would the head just flip over when I am using a diffusion panel for both on and off-camera flash, in other words, was it strong enough to support a diffusion panel?

 

I use a large Rogue flash bender with matching diffusion panel to soften the light from my flashguns when shooting on the fly.

 

Anyone that has used one knows there is a small bit of weight in these units and they catch the wind quite well also.

 

So far I haven't had an issue with the head falling over due to the additional weight which is a real relief.

 

 

What's in the box.

2 x Hahnel Modus 600rt flash guns and the on-camera Viper TTL transmitter.

2 x high power lithium-ion batteries and a charger for same.

You can also buy the Speedlight on its own or with just a single Speedlight and the viper trigger.

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Why buy it?

You are probably looking at this system for one of two reasons.

Output power or fast recycling times.

 

For me it was a bit of both, the idea of fast recycling times and a single high capacity battery was the real seller.

 

So with a guide number of 60, its bright and I do mean really bright.

 

While I would say its too bright for bare bulb use facing straight at a subject (personal opinion, unless you don't mind temporarily blinding your subjects).

 

This output power comes into its own when using the flashgun with a diffuser or softbox, the output power is needed then and comes close to studio mains powered lighting kits with the added advantage of being lightweight and highly portable. Again if you need a bit more power to try and overpower or combat daylight you can use two of them together.

 

The other advantage of this high output power and fast recycling time is at lower power outputs there is practically no recycling time.

 

 

Recycling time.

 

Now, this is a funny one, quoted as having 1.5 seconds recycle time at full power in the real world I have found that to be more like 2 seconds.

 

The point here is it's rare you would be using full power so what it all really means is at half and at a quarter power settings the recycle time is exceptionally quick.

 

This is still incredibly good and with more than 500 full output flashes per battery, it's a real beast of a unit. Again shooting at half or quarter power outputs, the battery just keeps going and going.

 

The real bonus is firing multiple bursts at anything from 1/16th power down.

 

Ok so for a project where we wanted to catch a person in motion across the space of 1.5 seconds, I shot 11 frames in those 1.5 seconds with 11 flash outputs at 1/16th power on a Nikon D850... This alone made the unit worth the money.

 

So just to say that again 11 flash bursts at 1/16th power in 1.5 seconds talk about insane recycling times.

 

 

 

Technical Bit

With a flash duration of 1/300th of a second up to 1/20,000 of a second depending on the output power of the Speedlight. You really have the power to freeze fast-moving objects at 1/16th power. Which for argument's sake will give you a good full-body exposure at nearly 3 metres at F5.6 (that's from a quick test I did).

 

Spare batteries are readily available also so you can easily have backups on hand.

 

The wireless functionality is great, no more additional receivers to put batteries in and carry around with you is fantastic.

 

One slight word of warning in Manual mode you can't change the zoom on each flash remotely. It has to be set manually on each flashgun. That is the only slight drawback in the units for me personally.

 

Of course, you can always change the output power and swap from manual to TTL on the Viper transmitter. This will control the zoom and output power for you.

 

Changing the output power is both fast and easy, just press the select button on the side and then select either group A, B or C to adjust and turn the wheel up or down to increase or decrease the power settings.

 

That's it job done and your back to composing your subject.

 

The transmitter has a range of 100m on 2.4ghz wireless and is powered by two AA batteries. You also have the option of using the optical control at up to 10m, I believe.

 

The Flashguns have multiple user modes and although mine are usually just left in manual the TTL mode is also very effective. There is a repeat mode where you can program the Speedlight to fire at a specific frequency. This is very handy if you have your camera set up to take a 1-second exposure and your speed light is set at 4hz. The Speedlight will fire four flashes per second over the 1-second interval. Thus exposing your subject 4 times in the image. If the subject is moving it will give you multiple exposures of that person over the 1 second period. 

 

Having used these units a couple of hundred times now I have to say I am incredibly impressed.  

 

Conclusion

If you are thinking about buying them then simply just stop thinking about it and go do it. You can thank me later :-)

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here
 

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran Hayes

Kieran Hayes Photography

Hahnel Modus 600 rt Flashgun Speedlight review 

Clonakilty

Cork

Co. Cork

Ireland

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The Beast from the East https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-beast-from-the-east How the Beast from the East changed us all for a few days as we just slowed down and actually met our neighbours again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Ireland got coated in snow now that's something that doesn't happen too often and when it does we rightly tend to panic.

 

The top 3 items we panicked over were Bread, wine and home heating products.

 

To be honest, I never saw the bread shortage coming, who knew it would be the commodity of choice.

 

It went so far that someone was selling half a loaf of bread on Donedeal :-)  (as a joke I am hoping).

 

 

 

 

Anyway, the results of the snowfall in West Cork completely transformed the landscape and converted our lush greens to a beautifully clean snowy white heaven.

 

Below is an aerial photograph of Clonakilty completely covered in the white stuff making it almost unrecognisable.

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This not only as I said above transformed our views but also our outlook on life for a few days. 

Neighbours slowly shuffled outside to play with their children and chat to the now growing outdoor community.

 

Neighbour met neighbour and not just the occasional passing wave or nod that we are all accustomed to but an actual conversation was had as the community bonded.

 

The cold created some warmth in a different way and we all just melted into the snow in both a physical and emotional response to worldly pressures and daily chores being lifted clean from our shoulders by the cleansing effect of this white gold.

 

The resounding sound in my ears all day was that of laughter from both young and old as the country slowed down to a stop then so did our hectic lives and we reimmersed ourselves in our towns and smiled, laughed and threw the odd snowball at each other.

 

Watching adults lose 20 or 30 years off their age and reliving their youth's while sliding down hills and starting snowball fights with their children was not only beautiful to watch but so refreshing.

 

After all, we are only all big children with hopes and dreams that get pushed aside due to daily workloads and societies modern-day pressures.

 

In ways it was sad to see the snow melt as so did a part of the spirit, in towns like Clonakilty there are always little events that help draw out this spirit and community feel that adds a little glow to our lives.

 

Anyway, I am again going off point :-) nothing new there then.

 

The above photograph of Clonakilty town was carefully shot with my drone and consists of 7  individual photo's stitched together just like the shot below of Clonakilty Bay and the back of Inchydoney.

 

The light was constantly changing and the bright blue skies in some of these shots seem so completely otherworldly.

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The sheer white of the snow and direct light of the sun made the sand a very dark brown near black at times. This all adds to the surreal look of the landscape.

Below is a shot of the entrance to Clonakilty bay with South Ring on the Left and Inchydoney beach on the right.

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This is one of my favourite photographs from the day and something that will always bring a smile to my face and bring all those moments and memories from those days back to me.

 

My next stop was further down Ring road in fact just next to the third Ring pier and looking over at the back of the eastern beach at Inchydoney.

 

I planned to get an aerial shot of Inchydoney from the eastern side from here. With two batteries already gone at this stage waiting for the right light in the last two locations, I was very conscious of the remaining power in the third and final battery.

 

So after taking a few more shots of Ring, I went over to Inchydoney and as I did the wind picked up again, I know this because I could feel my kidneys hit the ground as the wind seemed to slice clean through me. It was a cold few days but on that day when the wind picked up it was incredibly cold.

 

This reminds me of an Irish saying about the weather "it was a lazy wind" I must say I love the explanation I recently heard to this "A lazy wind is a wind that would rather cut through you than go around you"  :-) Even on bitterly cold days the Irish spirit can't be repressed.

 

 

 

So the other reason I will remember that wind is I was looking at my remaining battery capacity of 45% which suddenly plummeted to 33% in seconds and as I positioned the drone to get a shot I heard this audible warning "landing now". I can honestly say that's one of the worst things you can hear while flying a drone 180m out at sea.

Battery level now at 12%. Ok 12% 180 meters and losing altitude rapidly, wind speed going up and pushing the drone away from me I had no choice but to fly it further away from me and aim for a stretch of the headland.

My only other option was to land it across the channel in Inchydoney. The difficulty with landing it on the beach was could I actually drive all the way down to Inchydoney (Normally 12 to 15 mins trip by car)  due to the snow.

 

So I turned it for the headland and landed with seconds to spare or at least I thought I did anyway. The last thing I saw was a field then Pitch black. Was I over the field or did I just miss it and hit the water... all I knew at the time was it was incredibly close.

 

So it's exactly at this point the 20 mins of running and climbing along the zig-zagging shoreline starts.

The blind panic set in as the drone went offline and the last image on the screen was pitch black. Did she find a watery grave? or did I just manage to get it the 180 meters or so to land?

 

So after several near heart attacks and few brief pauses for breath, I finally got to the rough location of the landing and after walking around in circles for what seemed like hours (only minutes) I eventually found an x shape in the ground. Yes, you guessed it the drone sank through the snow hence the black screen but it was a perfect landing and absolutely no damage done.

I was about 8 to 10 meters from the water and I think that has to be one of the closest calls I have ever had with a drone. 

 

Thankfully it all seemed to be ok and has worked since. Mental note a white drone and snow don't mix well or should I say they mix too well.

 

As I slowly just started the return trip to the car I spotted the best view of the day and I blessed myself repeatedly in my best French for not bringing my camera with me.

 

If I could still feel my hands at this stage there was a fair chance I would have actually slapped myself, instead, I just sat on a snowbank and look at it for two minutes. Letting the whole scene soak in and trying to absorb some of that tranquillity.

 

Never before have I ever seen Inchydoney look like this.

It was like some little strip of paradise with gorgeous paradoxical blue skies, golden sandy beaches and snow.... yes snow on Inchydoney and clear blue skies with the sun shining who would believe it.

 

So again I started my walk back, I just dropped my head and concentrated on not slipping.

 

I trudged back through the snow-covered terrain up and down the side of the bay and slip-sliding over the snow-covered rocks. It was a bit like playing Russian roulette with your ankles with every single surprising step.

 

It haunted me all the way back to the car so when I got there I just had to grab my camera and quickly go all the way back before the light changed.

 

The resulting images below show why I was so eager to get back there. The sand was bone dry and so light that it looked like a scene from another planet.

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If you ever feel you should take the shot then listen to your gut, it might have been a bit mad in sub-zero temps to be climbing up and down snow-covered banks and never mind those ninja rocks just waiting to attack you covered in a veil of snow so you couldn't see them.

 

For me, it will always be worth it. Those memories might fade slightly but these photographs are there to constantly refresh them.

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A photograph is more than just a photograph if it evokes feelings and emotions in you then its a sliver of time in a frame and not just a sequence of dots.

 

These photographs will always remind me of friendly chats, hot coffee, laughter, timeless days, community and that idiot that left the camera in the car.

 

So Beast from the East your welcome back again my friend but maybe not until next year.

 

Thank you for giving us back our days, time with our children and most importantly reminding us that life is there to be lived.

 

Don't let your job define you, having the latest car etc...is nice but just remember all these items come at a cost.

 

The most valuable commodity in the world is time. It's up to us to use it wisely and make the most of it.

 

For some more Aerial videos I have taken around West Cork click Here

 

 

 

 

 

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Firecrest 100mm nd Filter holder review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/2/firecrest-100mm-nd-filter-holder-review

My review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm filter holder 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

So I have had the all-new Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm filter holder now for 7 months and thought I better finally get around to my impressions on this holder and post a review.

 

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If you are considering purchasing this holder then I have good news you can get 10% off all Formatt Hitech products with discount code HAYES10 , simply add the code at checkout on their website. 
 

HAYES10

 

 

This is the best Promo or discount code available worldwide.

 

 

 

From time to time they have special offers which I post Here.

 

BEFORE YOU BUY ANY FORMATT HITECH FILTERS

YOU REALLY SHOULD READ THIS...

 

The cheapest place to buy any Firecrest filters, kits or holders is directly off Formatt Hitech's official website and using the discount code HAYES10 at checkout you get an instant 10% discount off everything they sell.

 

Check Amazon and eBay they are both a lot dearer!!!

 

 

For example, let's take the Firecrest 100mm filter holder.

 

Amazon is £166.05 + £9.99 postage           total £176.04

eBay are currently £165.00 + £12.00 postage total £177.00

Formatt Hitech website price with my discount code £146.22 including postage.

 

 

 

So go direct, use my voucher code HAYES10 and save almost £30.-


That's just about 20% cheaper than Amazon and eBay.


 

Review

So first things first once you open the beautifully packed box you will immediately notice the holder pouch which once opened has 4 different compartments in it.

 

 

Obviously one for the holder itself and the superb extra light shield caps.

One for the 3 thread adaptors rings included in the kit free of charge (67mm, 72mm & 77mm).

One for the great removable rotating circular polarising filter.

One for the allen key and the extra shield caps for the graduated filters.  

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The above shot shows the 77mm adaptor ring mounted on the lens.

 

Below you can see the complete unit fitted to the lens with a graduated filter in place also.

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First off this kit is amazing value for money as you get 3 adaptor rings (67mm, 72mm & 77mm) and a circular polarising filter in the kit as well as the extra light leak shields for the top and bottom of the holder which are unique to firecrest to my knowledge.

 

 

These shields are fantastic when shooting with very strong Graduated nd filters like the 5 stop graduated filter I frequently use. It prevents light from leaking in behind the graduated filter causing reflections from the lens.

 

They also make it possible to use Nd filters up to 24 stops, yes an amazing full 24 stops. Well most of us will never use 24 stops but the 24 stop Firecrest filter was incredibly popular for the eclipse last year, so never say never.

 

So is this 100mm filter holder the best system on the market?

Absolutely.

Why?

Well, read on to find out why I found this system so very superior to anything else out there. This is my honest opinion and something I proudly standby.

 

Ok for a bit of background I currently own and have actually paid for the Lee, Nisi and Firecrest 100mm filter holders.

 

 

The first thing you will notice with the Firecrest holder is you can change the holder one-handed. Is that important? Well for me yes it's very important as this is very handy if your shooting in quickly fading light.

 

You can just pop off the filter holder and recompose or refocus your shot and pop it back on again in seconds. One hand takes it off and the other focuses the camera, simple.

 

 

The Lee system like the Nisi is a two-handed affair, it's not a lot slower but for nearly twice the price you would expect better. For some crazy reason if you push the filter holder away from the lens it can actually unclip from the ring adaptor. I don't know why but the bevelled plunger to release the filter holder is designed to slip off the adaptor ring and not to slip on it!

 

 

The Nisi design isn't too bad but the two tiny little holding legs were a bit finicky and always a little bit uncertain for me. When you have €300 + of glass sitting in your filter holder you want to be sure its clipped in place. It was always a bit tricky fitting it and I usually found myself leaning forward double checking it.

 

Now back to those beautiful Light leak caps, what can I say but for me they simply destroy the other systems for two reasons.

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Firstly if you use a 5 stop nd graduated filter your not getting any light leaking in behind the graduated part of the filter as those end caps really work and set this holder apart from the rest in my mind.

 

Secondly, the added and unexpected advantage of the extra light shield caps is their ability to help stop the sea spray and moisture getting in between the graduated filter and the neutral density filter, which is normally a real pain for anyone shooting seascapes. This for me is more than enough of a reason on its own to choose this filter holder over any other system I have tried.

 

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As you can see from the above shot they really do close off the gap between the Neutral density filter and the graduated filter which if your shooting in damp conditions saves you a lot of time. For me alone this is enough of a reason to highly recommend this holder to anyone. The fact that it's cheaper and incredibly versatile is the icing on the cake.

 

 

 

Getting back to the little wheel for the polarising filter on the side of the filter holder, what can I say other than it's incredibly handy and very simple to use.

 

Build wise its very solid and so far has stood the test of time with me which is really saying something. The holder shows absolutely no signs of wear and tear but then again that's to be expected from a quality product.

 

 

 

 

Well, look at it this way its cheaper than both the Lee and Nisi systems yes that's right it's actually cheaper than both its main competitors.

 

At the time of writing this the Lee system holder is €84.- through my local supplier, then you have to buy the adaptor rings separately for €29.- each. the square polarising filter if you want one is €199.- extra. The rotating polarising filter and bracket, if you want it, are an additional €219.- and €45.- respectively.

So 1 adaptor ring the holder and a square polariser is €312.-

Again one adaptor and the rotating circular polarising filter is a crazy €377.-

The Nisi system gives you the polariser and the 3 extra adaptor rings like the Firecrest holder and costs €170.-

 

The Firecrest holder costs £129.99 which is delivered to your door for €166.- at the time of writing this blog. It's cheaper than the Nisi system once you put in the discount code HAYES10 at checkout to give you a 10% instant discount on any Formatt Hitech products. Ok so not a lot cheaper but for a better product its a real steal. If there are any other special offers I post them Here so don't forget to check the page for special offers before you buy.

 

Just to recap...

It's cheaper.

It's better

So it's the one in my bag.

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 100mm Filter Holder from their website Here

Don't forget 10% off with Discount code HAYES10.

 

I have a blog post up on the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters Here.

 

I have a blog post up on the new Firecrest Pro Filters, click here for more information.

 

To subscribe to my mailing list and to get the latest Formatt Hitech Firecrest special offers and discount codes as they happen click Here

 

 

 

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My Photography Gear https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/2/my-photography-gear My Gear

A quick blog about my gear and my experiences with it over the years.

 

Camera

A question I am always asked is "What camera do you use?" 

 

The common myth is that in order to take great photos you need a great camera. I have seen some amazing work come from some of the most basic equipment and on the other hand some very average work on professional grade gear. 

 

Part of my job is running Photography workshops and not only does the equipment vary considerably with clients but so does their skill level. This is always part of the challenge.

 

So to be honest with you it doesn't really make a whole pile of difference what gear you have if its just for social media or printing off the odd shot for yourself or your family.

 

Having the control and knowledge to put your equipment to its best use will always be your best asset.

It might be an oldie but its a goldie "knowledge is power".

 

Now don't get me wrong a great camera and professional lenses will always help and make the job a little easier but this belief that they are the only difference is just ridiculous.

 

Unless you really understand the differences with pro grade gear then you don't really need it. Instead invest the time and money on educating yourself. That's something that will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

 

A professional camera is designed to be bulletproof and put up with constant use and is generally weather sealed and has two memory cards.

 

Frames per second, Dynamic range, Low light sensitivity, Resolution and auto focus systems are the main differences for me personally.

 

Dual memory cards are worth their weight in gold as a backup in case one card goes corrupt is nearly vital.

 

Will that help your images? Well no. It might help you sleep better at night though.

 

Camera bodies date and are obsolete in a few years and are as such one of the worst investments in photography.

 

I am currently shooting on a Nikon D850 and a D810 which is are both amazing camera's for Landscapes, portraiture, product photography and Fashion Photography.

My experience with Nikon has been nothing but fantastic to date. Never an issue with any camera model I have had including their lenses.

 

Lenses

Your lens is one of the more important elements in your photography as they not only capture that ever important light for your images but they become one of your best friends.

 

Something you can hold onto for 20 years and still reap the benefits from.

 

If you treat them with respect and a bit of tender loving care the will stay incredibly faithful to you and work as hard as they can.

 

Buy the best lens you can afford or slowly trade up over the years if you can.

 

I briefly flirted with Sigma Lenses but came back to the Nikkor range as I found them to be just that bit better. I still use one Sigma lenses from time to time but now plan to replace that for a Nikkor in the next week or two.

 

The Sigma Art range of lenses are getting some amazing reviews and it was only today that I compared a 50mm F1.4 in both Sigma and Nikon. I found very little difference in the two of them, when you consider this lens is generally going to be used for family shoots or newborn photography that critical little one percent of sharpness eeked out of the sigma will be negated in editing afterwards and I dont think my back could handle the extra weight of the Sigma's.

 

There was some weight difference in the Sigma Art models and the Nikkor, the 85mm is a lot heavier and I mean a lot. While it may not be that much for the odd trip but if you have a selection of 6 to 8 lenses in your bag and have to walk a bit then that extra few kg's is going to add up.

 

 

 

Tripods 

 

A good tripod is something you will grow to love as it not only helps your photography but it also helps carry the battle scars of years traversing the country.

 

Every little tiny dint or scratch is a marker of where ye have been together. An informal count of your many outings together.

 

Currently I have two Manfrotto 055pro3 tripod's and ball heads (both are a bit broken), it has taken some abuse over the years, the newer one is the one that's broken oddly enough.

 

It has had a very sheltered life (about 13 months old and generally only used indoors) which is the surprising aspect of it's failure. I was out on a job one day and the centre column just came loose while I was taking a shot,  thankfully I grabbed the camera before it could go anywhere.

So I am currently at a point in my tripod relationship where I am looking to upgrade. Any recommendations welcome :-).

 

Memory

 

I have to say I had completely swapped over to Lexar professional memory cards and was very sad to see they stopped producing them. I have had several other high profile manufacturers Sd and compact flash cards go corrupt on me.

 

The Lexars had my complete faith and respect. Still used everyday.

 

So where to on memory?  Well that's something I am going to have to seriously research again now :-(

 

 

Flash guns

Up until now I have only used Nikon flash guns but I am seriously considering moving over to Godox or Hahnel for their faster recycling times and Li-ion batteries.

 

The Nikons have served me well but their output power isn't as good as the Godox unit's. For overpowering the sun I need a bit more bang.

 

Stay tuned for an update. I am going to pull the trigger on one of these units shortly.

 

 

Filters

As I am sure you are all aware I am an ambassador for Formatt Hitech range of Firecrest Ultra filters and as far as I am concerned they are by far the best filters on the market. 

 

I have a full review on them Here, it also describes how these filters are made and makes them the most unique range of filters on the market. 

 

I have a 10% discount code HAYES10 which you can use on their website at checkout. From time to time they run extra promotions and I post the discount codes Here.

 

There are about another hundred little gadgets that make this job easier but that's for another days blog.

 

Any input or thoughts on your own experiences greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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Formatt Hitech Ultra Filters review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2018/1/formatt-hitech-firecrest-ultra-filter-review

 

My Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters review.

 

 

 

 

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I have an update to this blog post here.

 

So why research filters? Glass is glass right?

Well hell no it's not.

 

 

So picture this... you are standing there with your camera, lens, tripod, filters and filter holder all costing anywhere from €1,000 to €10,000 for most of us and this little sliver of glass you purchased for €80.- to €190.- or so has a huge input into your image...

 

 

Now just stop and think about that for a second. Yes I mean REALLY think about that..... is this the product you want to be cutting corners on?

 

 

 

Why I believe you should be spending the money on great filters.

 

Just a few quick things before we get started.

 

I also have a Review on the new Firecrest Pro range of filters here.

 

For the sake of transparency, I should add I do receive a slight commission from Formatt Hitech for any sales made with the 10% discount code HAYES10 but you save 10% so it's all positive. Ok, so yes as a Firecrest brand ambassador and featured artist some will say my review will be tainted but I was already using their products anyway and purchased them with my own hard-earned money before becoming an ambassador.

 

My name and reputation are also worth a lot more to me than anything a filter manufacturer can offer.

 

 

So if your looking for a company that wants to produce the best products possible and grow via photographers reviews then read on.

 

If not then also have a read as I explain why Formatt Hitech is so much more then just exceptionally passionate about their products. They might be a bit obsessed with them.

 

 

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This is the best Promo or discount code available worldwide.

 

 

 

There are occasionally some amazing special offers which I post Here. So on top of top quality products you get a minimum of 10% off as well.

 

To subscribe to my mailing list to get the latest Formatt Hitech Firecrest special offers and discount codes as they happen click Here.

 

 

So I thought it was about time I had a serious in-depth look into the Firecrest Ultra range of filters and the results they have produced for me in comparison to their competition.

 

 

The Firecrest Ultra range of neutral density filters is supposedly second to none, firstly for their colour neutrality and secondly for their unique design.

 

I say supposedly second to none as for now we really don't know any of the facts.

 

So let's have a detailed look and make up our own minds.

 

 

Ok, on first inspection the neutrality is groundbreaking, I have tried shots both with and without filters on location and in the studio and can't see any difference at all. The normal Firecrest filters were exceptional but these Ultras seem to be another leap ahead again.

 

 

So is this colour neutrality worth the expense of changing to the Ultras?

Well no it's not, the standard Firecrest filter range was great anyway.

 

So I guess that's it then, what else can a filter possibly do for you?

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We all know they are a serious investment and something you don't want to be purchasing too often. So they would need to be something special to loosen those purse strings.

 

So for me, I had to start all over again and impartially have a look at filters and the two concerns they raised for me.

 

1. Colour neutrality, 

(let's just go ahead and tick that box).

 

2. Longevity,

The length of time we expect our filters to last. Something I am always aware of as let's face it they aren't cheap.

 

3. Yes, I said two concerns there wasn't supposed to be a 3rd concern but then I did my research. Wasn't expecting this one at all it's something I never really thought about.

 

Optical performance!

 

I can imagine most of you are probably sitting forward in your seats now and saying what the hell is he on about? Now it's just a sheet of glass, glass is flat end of story.

 

Well, I can tell you I was nearly thinking the same but then I went and educated myself a little.

 

 

 

After a discussion with the ever-helpful technical department over at Formatt Hitech, I can tell you this information on how they produce the Ultra filters...

 

 

The hyper neutral filter coating is sandwiched between two plates of bonded glass making the coating impossible to scratch, unlike other manufacturers where the coating is applied to the outside of the glass making it easy to scratch. Well, that's a great design feature for someone like me that works a lot by the coast with sand, sea spray and the odd bit of seaweed flying at me on a daily basis.

 

 

The crazy unexpected added bonus of these processes is as the filters are manufactured of two sheets of bonded glass they are more resilient to impact than their competitors. So harder to scratch and more resilient now that already had my wallet open but there is more.

 

 

I have to say they really went above and beyond with this final part of the process.

 

 

As a photographer I love to be in control of my equipment and treat every single piece of my equipment with both love and hate, we all know the more equipment you have in your exposure the greater the probability of imperfections in your final image.

 

 

As I said earlier... we stand there with our camera, lens, tripod, filters and filter holder all costing anywhere from €1,000 to €10,000 for most of us and this little sliver of glass you purchased for €80.- to €190.- or so has a huge input into your image...

 

 

Now stop and think about that for a second. Yes I mean REALLY think about that..... Is this really the part you want to be saving money on?

 

 

Remember when you purchased your camera and weighed up the pro's and con's of that specific model the minute details we looked into, the model's spec's and if the next step up was worth the €300 or €1,000 premium.

 

I won't even mention the lens we thought about and drooled over for weeks or months until we finally purchased the one we wanted.

 

 

All of this purely because they were just that tiny little fraction better than the rest. Which is money always well spent in my mind. So why not look at filters in the same way?  

 

The performance per pound on high-end equipment is a little disappointing when you compare the difference a good set of filters can make versus an ok set and the price difference involved.

 

 

 

Back to the process...

The final step in the ultra's manufacturing process is something that I struggled to come to terms with for a while if I am really honest with you. I seriously wondered what the hell is that all about.

 

 

Once the filters have been formed and by most manufacturers standards ready to ship, the perfectionists over at Formatt Hitech go ahead and run another process known as "lapping and polishing" which involves grinding down the filters to ensure they are completely optically flat.

 

 

Yes, you read that right they actually grind down the finished product to as close to optical perfection as possible and then they are polished again.

 

 

This process kills off any minute imperfections in the glass making them the sharpest filters and most optically perfect filters on the market today.

 

Ok, I have purchased and flirted with Cokin filters, Lee Filters the English filter company and Nisi from China but settled for the sheer passion of the Welsh company Formatt Hitech. I am incredibly passionate about my photography and yes I am by far and away not the best photographer in the world but I love what I do and the equipment I use.

 

 

 

This is the sort of attention to detail that I originally loved about the Firecrest filters and where I found kindred spirits.

 

As photographers, we crave control and try to encapsulate in a single photograph what has appeared in our mind as sort of a warped dream which we dragged kicking and screaming from the reality before us.

 

This is our passion, our dream and our everything. So for me finding a company that not only gets that but also pushes the boundaries forward helping us to realise these dreams is nothing short of amazing.

 

 

So a filter is a filter, right?

 

Same way as all cameras are the same, it's all just a gimmick.

 

Well, that's so very wrong, filters come in various shapes and sizes but also more importantly different qualities.

 

 

You get what you pay for, like with anything else in life it all comes down to the fact that quality matters.

 

Take the leap and let the "fire in" you will never look back.

 

For a bit more about my Landscape & Seascape photography and a few tips and tricks please click here
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you interested in Seascape Photography then have a look at my blog post.

 

Alternatively, have a look at my Long Exposure Photography blog.

 

 

Don't forget the discount or promo code HAYES10 for 10% off all their products via their Website at checkout.

 

I have a blog post up on the Firecrest 100mm filter holder Here if you're interested.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra filter review

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Photography Workshops Cork https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/9/photography-workshops-cork Photography workshops in Cork and Kerry

 

 

 

 

 

I have a lot of photography workshops in Cork coming up again this year. These workshops focus on Long Exposure Photography, Seascape Photography and Landscape Photography.

 

Ideal for all levels of Photographers and they make a great present for the budding photographer in your life. See below for dates of workshops. Contact me to arrange a voucher Here or send me a Private Message through my Facebook Page.

 

As an Official Firecrest Formatt Hitech Brand Ambassador I can offer a Discount code or Promo code HAYES10 or click Here for their latest special offers.

 

 

 

 

Click Here for my Photography workshops page

 

 

My workshops are always light-hearted and focused on what you want to achieve out of your own style of photography. In these workshops, there is usually only 3 to 4 clients to make sure I have plenty of time with everyone and to focus on their questions.

 

I follow up by email with clients afterwards and normally supply a low-resolution photograph of the raw image and the finished image, explaining the editing process and how I achieved the results with a minimum amount of editing. Normally I edit a photograph in about 3-10 minutes max.

 

Workshop Timetable

1.- We all take a photograph that's very important as from that image I can tell a lot about your style of photography and also the control you have over your equipment. There is no right or wrong way of doing this it's just your way and it won't be shown to the group. Remember photography is an art form and we all see and feel things differently.

 

2.- I will explain briefly what and how the exposure triangle works, not the maths or complications just how you should use the simpler parts to take a photo in manual mode. Shooting in Auto mode is like physically throwing paint at a canvas, shooting in manual mode is using a paintbrush instead, the control and delicacy is all under your own control.

 

3.- One of the more important parts an explanation on the effect shutter speed and Aperature have on your images. How you can be creative with these two cornerstones of photography and bend them to your will in an image.

 

4.- Why shoot Raw or Jpeg, what is dynamic range? Sounds complicated doesn't it? Well its really quite simple.  

 

4.- We all take a few photographs again this time I go around and help explain what is going right and what is going wrong. How to improve the image if possible and why.

 

5.- An explanation on how I personally take a photograph and set up my equipment for a photograph. Why I do and the thought process involved.

 

6.- How filters work and their uses in modern photography.

 

7.- How to focus, this may seem simple but it's amazing how many people get it wrong in Landscape photography. From single point focusing to back button focusing and how depth of field can be your enemy or best friend. I also have a few simple tricks that make it so much easier to get your focus perfect every time.

 

8.- What to buy and what not to buy in photography, I have purchased numerous systems lenses and filter sets as well as tripods over the years, this is the part where you could save a bit of money and also invest in equipment you will actually use.

 

9.- Now the fun begins and we immerse ourselves in the surrounds and find specific points to photograph, Composition is without doubt the main part or the backbone of an image. You can take the most technically perfect photograph but if it's from the wrong angle or of a boring subject that is where it fails. This is where most people stumble and yes its a very easy thing to forget but yet the most vital element of a photograph. The composition is the Heart of your image never forget that.

 

10.- The choice of lens and focal length for specific photographs, how it impacts an image and why a different lens or focal length can completely transform an image. Something most people forget and yes a lens can transform how big or small an object is in a photograph but it also does so very much more than that.

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Landscape photography is usually along the coastline, Portraiture Can be anywhere at all from in-studio to open air (It's only limited by your imagination), I can also arrange for a professional model for the shoots (extra cost involved).

 

The Workshops can cover the absolute basics to the more advanced aspects of photography, you decide.

 

Normally the photography workshops take place in Clonakilty or around nearby West Cork, Sessions are also available in Cork please contact me for pricing and to discuss the location.

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I can also train you to use your equipment more effectively on a one to one session.

A normal session involves going to an area you would like to photograph, once there I will help you to understand the best way to capture the image you want and afterwards show you how to process that very same image on-site.

 

I can provide a professional tripod and various filters if needed and explain their specific uses.

 

I am a firm believer in "doing is learning" so its a very practical tuition session with as much plain English as possible. Keeping things simple and learning by doing.

 

After the session, you will have a clearer understanding of the process involved in taking a good photograph consistently.

 

Making it the ideal present for someone with an interest in photography

 

If you have any questions or would like to book a session then just click here to send me a message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giants Causeway https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/9/giants-causeway Giants Causeway and how this...

 

 

 

 

 

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Turned into this by a sequence of events. But the real end result further down in the blog is a moment of pure magic for me.

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Let me just start by saying the Giants Causeway is one utterly spectacular place. For me personally, I was completely overwhelmed, saying that the 7-hour drive up to it probably didn't help either.

 

Picture yourselves delving into this secret little world as you slowly wander down this small winding road and you slowly get exposed to the views and the mild sea spray all the while the cliffs continue to rise and tower above you.

The soft Irish evening light with its nice yellow tones caressing the cliff face, while the hint of a slight mist just hangs in the air as if not able to physically tear itself away from the views. Every breath inhales the fresh aroma of salt and seaweed carried by that teasing little whip of wind rushing past your face every and then gently caressing your skin.

This is what you delve into as the 8th wonder of the world gradually reveals itself bit by bit. The sheer scale of what you see is immense and completely unbelievable, at any moment you expect to see a unicorn galloping down the road in front of you with a leprechaun on its back screaming out a few colourful words.   

 

The crazy thing is just when you think that's it, there is always more around the corner. This is a land where rocks no longer conform to the normal. Huge cliffs surrounded you on both sides and then when you looked out to sea and the sun slowly sinking towards the horizon. 

 

I was just lost for words...

 

Now I thought to myself where the bloody hell do you start here? There are amazing sites all around and wonderful panoramic views in every direction. With iconic rock formations, surely this was going to be easy, or was it?

 

I think it just completely caught me by surprise. This whole experience was just a bit much and even though I had seen many a photograph from there it was so much better in real life. To focus in a single direction just seemed so wrong. This place is more than a single view it's a complete surrounding, not a view. I can only imagine being there on a rough winters evening with the waves thrashing against the rocks and the sound echoing all around with the vibrations being not only felt but endured.

 

 

I was very lucky to have an American photographer and Instagram friend (now real-world friends) Billy Rubin and his wife Jay there with me. I am really glad they were there as I actually may not have taken out my camera otherwise. It felt like some sort of sensory overload going on in my mind. How and yes I really do mean dear god how is it going to be possible to capture its sheer beauty. Is it even possible and if so how could you choose what angle to showcase it from and how could you leave out certain aspects of the view then? I could only think this really is a place to bring my drone...

 

 

 

 

 

Getting back to the photographs I noticed two immediate problems.

 

Firstly no clouds, which means a flat boring sky. No real cure for that sadly other than dropping the camera angle possibly to reveal as little of the sky as possible. After all, look at the abundance of foreground everywhere.

 

Secondly, tourists walking into shot constantly, the solution to this modern-day problem was pushing several of them into the sea, after I pushed the first few in they all seemed to stay clear of me then :-). In all seriousness, the only solution was to stay close to the edge of the rocks which meant standing on very slippery area's. This greatly reduced the odds of a walk-in, although it did still happened.

 

So back to the shot. The first shot is just your average let's try to capture the rocks and sunset as balanced as possible. So using a Firecrest 5 stop nd grad and 6 stop nd filter was going to be necessary to reduce the light level enough for a long exposure shot.

 

After a quick test shot, we were away, then it was just a matter of timing.

 

So speaking of timing that's how we get to the second shot, yes it looks odd but the reality of the situation was I was attempting a longer exposure and working out my setting and this was my first trial shot. I looked up to watch the ocean and noticed this rather large wave rolling in.. I kept my eye on it and as it got closer it just continued to grow. I decided to run hence the sun trail in the image as I grabbed the camera and retreated to safety, all the while descending down these octagonal boobytraps. 

 

I moved back as quickly as I could and turned around when I heard the loud crash. There I saw three girls standing at the edge of the rocks and immediately behind them I saw this wall of water shoot to the sky. They were standing immediately to my left when I was taking the shots earlier and never moved.

 

Obviously busy taking selfies they were oblivious to the huge wave that hit the rocks and shot up into the air in what can only be described as a huge jet or stream of water possibly after by being funnelled by the shape of the rocks below. I am trying to describe how to phrase this as best as I can but to say it landed on them is about the best description I can put it. Literally poured from the sky, knocked one of them over and the other two were completely drenched. Think of a bathtub of water and multiply that by 40 or 50 that's how much water those poor girls got.

 

In all my life on the coast, I have never ever seen anyone get as wet as that. To say they may as well have jumped into the water and went for a swim would be incredibly accurate.

 

I immediately moved in front of them as the ground was sloping towards me, just in case one of them got swept downwards and into the sea. They thankfully got up and quickly ran to safety. I popped my tripod down weighed up the maths from the previous setting to quickly work out a 5-second exposure and this was the resulting image.

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When you consider I took this shot about 20 seconds after the wave hit them and this was the water still running down the rocks I think that gives you a very good idea of the volume of water that fell from the sky. Incidentally, this was the only wave to do that for the 2 hours I was there. It's the one reason I always say never ever turn your back on the sea. You never know when it will surprise you.

 

Just had a thought there now as I write this, I wonder how those selfies worked out? Probably some amazing shots if their phones ever worked again after the soaking.

 

I said I would share the story behind the shot as there is nearly always a story to a photograph and this one is about being in the wrong place at the wrong time while someone else is in the right place at the right time :-).

 

This brings me to my motto "It's better to be lucky than good" in this case and as in several other of my photographs, that's very accurate.

 

Stay safe and if you can stay dry :-)

 

Alternatively, if you can't stay dry make sure someone at least captures the moment.

 

I have a blog post up about Camera Filters and another one on Long Exposure Photography if you're interested in learning more about camera filters and their uses.

 

I have also a blog post on How to Capture the images which details the process involved and the results. 

 

If you're interested in a one to one workshop click Here for more details. Or if you want to attend one of my group workshops click Here for more information.

 

Till next time,

 

Kieran.

 

 

 

 

 

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Seascape photography explained https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/9/seascape-photography-explained

A comprehensive guide to Seascape photography.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seascape Photography for me is the art of capturing the never-ending battle between land and sea.

 

We can use these two fantastic elements to our advantage through the use of shutter speed, helping to highlight their differences and playing with the effect to create a more dramatic image through movement.

 

From the contrast of the solid never moving cliffs or rocks, to the swirling and spraying of the wild sea as its waves wrap around anything they can while gnawing away at the coastline.

 

 

With the correct techniques the solid ground can act as an anchor in the image being both sharp and in focus, the water and clouds, if the conditions are right, can create a magical motion blur via Long Exposure Photography.

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Seascapes photography can take various forms from your high-speed shutter shots, capturing every single drop of that amazing spray as a wave crashes against a cliff face and freezing it in mid-air, or the other extreme of minute-long exposures creating a surreal milky foggy effect in the water. The use of a half-second exposure to blur the movement of the waves, still keeping the detail in the sea body behind the wave is also one of many other options.

 

 

 

Which Shutter speed is right?

 

Well all of them are, its up to you, your vision and the conditions to use these different methods to express what the scene says or feels like to you.

Look at these two shots below taken at the same place within minutes of each other, through the use of shutter speed we can change their feel and mood.

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Before we get started on how to capture these effects I want to pass on a few bits of advice I normally share on my Workshops with people starting out in Seascape photography.

 

 

Firstly buy good boots with great grips, they can be anything from waders to wellingtons or waterproof boots. Once your dry and safe that's the most important thing.

I have both seen and heard of numerous photographers slipping and falling on the rocks due to poor grips. One slip and it could be fatal, a nasty accident for you or your equipment.

 

Secondly NEVER turn your back on the sea. Yes, it's beautiful and can be consistent but rogue waves are very real and have surprised me numerous times over the years. Different countries have very different coastal conditions and countries like Ireland get some very large rogue waves.

 

Thirdly buy some good waterproof clothing as yes you are going to get wet.

 

After I return home soaked Nadja always remarks "oh can't wait to see the photo's". That may seem like an inside joke but I always find the times I get destroyed are the times I see something and just go for it. When I put myself where the action is and try to capture an image I can see in my mind's eye. Standing back and watching from dry land can often be an option but you're missing the closeup impact and action then, especially when shooting with a wide-angle lens.

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Lastly, take the photographs in Raw and use manual mode. Using auto is like painting with a broom whereas manual mode is like painting with a delicate paintbrush, you have far greater creative control over the outcome.

 

 

 

So when is the right time for Seacapes?

 

As with all types of photography, light is king and the golden hours around sunset & sunrise are ideal.

The soft warm glow at these times of the day is both spectacular and magical. They can also cause a few problems for photographers, with the harsh contrast between direct sunlight and shadowed rocks or cliffs. This is where your filters come in (more about that later).

 

Correctly exposing for the sun is your main priority while still keeping your shadows reasonably well exposed. Your camera's histogram will always be your best friend when it comes to correctly exposing your photograph, always remember when you're learning its better to verge on underexposing your shadow detail than overexposing the highlights as you will burn out the sky, this simply can't be recovered in editing afterwards. The easiest time for beginners is just after sunset as the light is a lot easier to balance and you can experiment at ease then.

 

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So what equipment is necessary?

 

1.- As Seascape photography usually involves being very close to the water so proper wet weather clothing and waders or waterproof boots are your first stop.

 

2.- A good quality tripod is your second best friend as most of the time it will be at or in the water. Normally tripods are on dry land and the only vibrations they receive are wind-based but while in the water you have another variable, the water itself rushing past and around the legs of the tripod. The dragging and pushing and pulling on your tripod while at the water's edge is difficult to control but I have a few very helpful tips further down this post for anyone new to this genre.

 

3.- Your Camera and Lens. Yes, that was to be expected I suppose :-) a good few lens cleaning cloths or wet wipes are also vital, fighting with the mist and spray can be a constant battle. I use a Nikon D850 and a D810 with a variety of lenses depending on the situation, the D850 is a fantastic camera for this line of work, a real monster.

 

4.- Filters are a seascape photographers best friend and vital for creating the effect you want.

My go-to filters are Formatt Hitech Firecrest  filters, I use 6 &10 stop Neutral density filters and 3 & 5 stop hard nd grads. They are usually the only filters I use. I am an official ambassador for their products and can offer a discount or Promo code HAYES10 via their website. Click Here for their latest up to date special offers.

 

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Mother Nature puts on a beautiful show as the sun sinks below the horizion.

 

 

So how do we choose the effect we want in a photograph?

 

It's all about weather and conditions for me, I usually decide on arrival as the conditions in Southern Ireland change so quickly. This normally throws planning for a specific style of photoshoot out of the window. Now that can be a problem but it also helps keep a creative outlook for the shoot until you arrive at your location.

 

Similar to landscape photography the golden hour is our time to shine. So its early morning or late evening to catch those beautiful rays of light, catching the soft glow of the sun as it sinks or emerges from the horizon. Now this means getting there early and as most new photographers I have met prefer sunsets lets explain that setting.

 

You normally arrive at your location at least an hour before sunset, this gives you time to observe water movement, cloud cover, tidal surges, and wind. This is your prediction time and this for me is the most important step in capturing an image.

 

Always remember composition is and always will be key, you can capture the most technically brilliant shot but if the composition is off it will simply never be right.

So spend the time and watch the clouds, see if they are travelling in a particular direction and ask yourself can you use this? A little trick I use for examing the clouds hidden detail is a pair of sunglasses, with the naked eye we often can't see all the detail due to the brightness of the sky.

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Watch the waves are they moving in a particular pattern? How is the tide? Is It coming or going?

Often times you can see beautiful movement in the waves as they whip past rocks or curl up a sandy bank and slip back to sea.

The tide can both expose or hide rock formations so keep this in mind while planning your shoot.

The tide can also affect the colour of your sand and how light behaves on rocks etc. Damp sand is darker which normally isn't a problem, wet rocks above the waterline can have shimmering light reflections bouncing off their surface which can also add another dimension or problem to your shot. These reflections are very easy to overexpose, so your position in relation to the reflections is another aspect to keep an eye on.

 

Lastly but more importantly ask yourself what do you see and what do you really like about the scene before you? What are its positives? How can we highlight them and also can we disguise or hide any of the distractions or negative aspects of the image? This might seem straight forward and yes it usually is, you would be surprised how many photographers go to the beach and put their camera in one position without really thinking about it and just keep snapping away from there.

 

 

Seascape, Wild Atlantic Way, West Cork, ClonakiltyA view to seaSunset at Owenahincha Cliffs, West Cork, Ireland with the sea gnawing away at the rocks below.

Setting up.

 

Once you find your spot and conditions are starting to become favourable the first step is to set up your tripod, now this is where years of experience have thought me to extend the narrower legs on your tripod to lift the joint (twist-lock or clasp) out of the sand and water. This should help prolong the life of your tripod and make it easier to clean later. If your setting up on sand then press the legs firmly into the sand, this will help prevent vibrations and stop the legs being dragged by the backwash of the wave. If you're actually at the waters edge then wait for a wave to come in and as it retreats back out to sea press firmly down on your tripod and it will sink well below the surface of the sand. This has two effects in that it helps to stabilise the tripod with the weight of the sand around the legs and it also prevents the retreating water from digging under the legs and undermining the stability of your tripod. I only use heavy solid and durable tripods.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, place the camera on the tripod and put your bag securely over your shoulder, never leave your bag on the sand near the tide in case of sudden swells. Get your light readings and workout what filters you need depending on the effect you want. I usually meter off the sun as this is the part of the image we need to correctly expose first and then work backwards from there.

 

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So which filters do we use and when?

 

I only use Formatt Hitech Filters and as an ambassador, I can offer a 10% discount on all their wonderful products via their website with the Discount code or Promo code HAYES10. The filters I normally use are a combination of a 3 or 5 stop hard graduated neutral density (nd) filters and a 10 stop nd filter for exposures between 15 seconds to minute-long exposures depending on the light at the time. This creates a beautiful motion blur in the water and can help to seemingly pull the clouds across the sky if the conditions are right.

 

I use the Firecrest 3 or 5 stop graduated nd filter and a 6 stop nd filter for exposures around half a second long. This effect is ideal when you want the wave to just have a slight motion blur while keeping the sea and sky all in focus and sharp. The correct shutter speed varies depending on the waves speed and the incline of the beach.

 

 

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How and where to Focus.

 

For me, manual mode and back button focusing are second nature and vital to my work. In Portraiture and commercial work they are vital tools, for Landscape and Seascape photography I feel as though they should nearly be mandatory for everyone to learn.

 

There is a lot of confusion regarding focusing and the difficulties involved. A little cheat I tell people starting out is to set your aperture to F11 to achieve a good depth of field while maintaining sharpness. Next, go into Live view and zoom in to 100% on your foreground and adjust your focus manually until it's in focus then go to your background and check your focus there. If your shooting a very close foreground you may need to change your aperture to F16 to increase your depth of field, just remember this also decreases your sharpness slightly due to diffraction. I normally shoot between F9 to F11 for seascapes.

 

 

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Composition is your final hurdle.

 

This is one of the most difficult aspects of any genre of photography as it usually requires a lot of vision or trial and error. Can you teach yourself to learn this skill? Well, the simple answer is yes but it can be a long and tedious process so I have a few little pointers for you.

 

The rule of thirds is always your friend, it can be used to basically set up your photograph in a standard format (a quick google will teach you all you need to know about it) yes it gets boring after a while but it gives you a solid base to start from.

 

As with any image that you introduce motion blur into for me, it's important to give the viewer a point to anchor the image on.

I usually compose an image with a solid object directly at the start of the photograph. Your eyes and mind then have a solid grounding point and from there you can be drawn into the image. There are obviously exceptions to the rule but again this is just a good starting point.

 

The most important aspect to remember is what you like about the scene? What do you see in your mind? After you take the photograph look away from the scene concentrate on something else and then turn around again and only look at the image on your camera. Is that what you wanted? If not then why not?

 

When we are so caught up trying to compose, capture and expose an image correctly I often see photographers completely forgetting what it was that they wanted to capture in the first place. When they get home and look at the photograph on their screen the "if only moment" happens.

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So try to look away from the scene and look at the captured photograph with a fresh pair of eyes again. We often see what we want to see when viewing the captured image and the scene at the same time.

 

These are all just very basic steps which can lead you to the more advanced aspects of photography like lens compression and the correct use of focal length, being more artistic with depth of field and blending several images together to create a more balanced exposure.

 

 

Always remember photography is an art form and we can use our cameras to compose each image like a painting adding our own personal touch with our camera settings. The ultimate aim for me is to try and capture a photograph correctly, leaving me with as little editing as possible (max 15mins per pic) so I can spend more time taking photographs than sitting at a desktop.

 

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These are just my own personal ideas and suggestions for people interested in Seascape photography. I am sure I missed a few points along the way and possibly posted a few some may not agree with but that's the beauty of photography. Remember we always learn something new and we all have our own techniques.

 

 

So go explore, go get wet and immerse yourself in that beautiful ocean. Go fill your lungs with fresh air until you can feel the salt crystals forming on your skin because there is nothing more beautiful than standing in nature and trying your best to capture her beauty in a single image. Something I can only personally hope to achieve one day.

 

See you out there,

Kieran Hayes.

 

 

 

 

This blog post was partially written for the blog of Capture Landscapes which is a fantastic website for photography tips and tricks so go check it out :-)

 

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Long Exposure Photography https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/7/long-exposure-photography

Long Exposure photography tips and tricks

 

 

 

 
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I will be posting regular blogs on photography tips from now on. This is a post I originally posted a while back.
 
Also as a Firecrest official brand ambassador and Featured Artist for Formatt Hitech filters I can offer you a 10% discount code or Promo code for their website at checkout with code HAYES10.
 
 
The first topic is Long Exposure photography, while this seems to be shrouded in mystery it's really quite simple.
 
Always remember that a photograph is just captured light. Each photograph needs to be correctly exposed (to have enough light, neither too much nor too little). Our aim as photographers is to balance light (something I will post about later).
 
 
 
 
A long exposure shot is simply one where the camera absorbs the image (light) for longer this then creates a blurred effect on moving objects like cars, stars or primarily water as seen in many of my photographs. You can use this effect to manually create the surreal out of the ordinary, to capture an image is a wonderful feeling but to create something you truly love and can enjoy daily is an experience second to none.
 
An LE (long exposure) shot can be anything from half a second to minutes long. Most LE shots are within the 30 second mark. 
 
Speaking of filters as an official brand ambassador for Firecrest filters by Formatt Hitech I can offer a 10% discount or Promo code HAYES10 for any special offers click Here for up to date promotions.
 
 
 
So here we go.
 
How do we reduce the light to the camera's? How does the camera interact with light? That's the first thing you must understand and its actually very simple. So stick with me :-)
 
The first method is a neutral density filter (darkened glass) this reduces the light allowed into the lens. This ND (neutral density) filter acts like sunglasses for your camera :-). This sits in front of the lens blocking a percentage of the light and can be purchased in two main varieties. Screw on filters (physically screws on to the lens) or secondly a filter holder which can hold a few different filters at the same time and can be removed easily (very important).
 
 
You can purchase these in various strength's depending again on the effect you want and the light level you are shooting in. Which basically means you have darker glass and lighter glass.
 
 
The second way is to use the aperture of the lens, using a high aperture or F-stop eg. F16. Now I know this sounds complicated again but think of it like this... The aperture on your camera acts exactly the same as your own Iris in your eye. When its bright your eye closes so you don't absorb too much light and when its dark it opens wide to absorb as much as possible. We can control the Aperture on the lens in either manual mode (I always use manual), A, AP or AV mode which is generally the aperture Priority mode. The more we increase the F number or F-Stop the more we close the "iris" hence less light. By decreasing the light in the camera it means we need to take a slower photograph to let the correct amount of light in to create the photograph which in turn creates the desired motion blur.
 
Lastly your camera can also by itself vary the exposure time required through the ISO setting. ISO just varies the sensitivity of the light receiver or sensor in your camera. The ISO setting should be set to manual and at ISO100 or the lowest real ISO setting on your specific camera.
 
Combining a neutral density filter, high F-stop (F16) and a low ISO means your camera in the aperture priority mode will need to take a long exposure to correctly expose the image.
 
I provide a range of workshops or one to one tuition sessions for more information click Here
 
 
 
Try this 
It pays to experiment, so after sunset tonight why not try taking a photograph of the clouds directly overhead. Firstly setup your Tripod and adjust your Camera's Iso to ISO100 or 200 whichever is your lowest. Point your camera upwards, zoom out fully and set the F-stop to say F16. In aperture priority mode your camera will always select the correct shutter speed. Take a few shots under different light and see the effect. 
Tip: Having a building in the image will help ground the image. This will not create a beautiful photograph but it will help you to understand how it all works.
 
Ghost images are simply done by standing in the frame of the image while the photograph is being taken for a certain period of time but not all the exposure time. Its vital you stay completely still.
 
I have a blog post on How to capture the image and also another one on Camera Filters
 
 
I have a blog post on my journey through photography filter holder and filters I have purchased over the years also highlighting a lot of the difficulties I had with some of them.
 
 
 
 
Nb. Always use a tripod. It's impossible to keep the camera steady handheld.
 
As a Firecrest Formatt Hitech official filter ambassador I can offer a 10% discount on their huge range of filters via their website with code HAYES10
 
Any questions then please feel free to ask in the comments below. 
 
 

 

 
 
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100mm Filter holders Review https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/7/100mm-filter-holders-and-filters

 

My filter holder journey and review

 

 

 

 

 

Update to this blog posted Here

 

100mm Camera Filters and holders Review and why I changed to Firecrest filters completely.

 

In depth review of the firecrest holder Here and the awesome reason why I love it.

 

Over the years I have tried and tested numerous photography neutral density filters and their holders for landscape and seascape photography this has been my journey with all the bumps and problems I have met on the way.

 

On my wandering journey through several filters and holders I have tried and worked with a number of manufacturers from Cokin, Lee, Nisi and Formatt Hitech firecrest. This has been a long and winding road for me, most of us have travelled along this path with both positive and negative experiences. So I thought why not document my experiences and help steer a few people down the better path.

 

 

Cokin

A long time ago I started with the cheaper Cokin filters (incidentally they were not the 100mm version) which worked fairly well but they have a strong magenta colour cast when combined together to increase the neutral density strength. So I would have normally used a 3 stop nd filter with a 3 stop nd grad. This combination was sufficient after sunset or on overcast days to capture some motion blur but just not strong enough to create exposures for longer than half a second. The holder and filters are ok for the price but the end results are nowhere near a proper set of filters. The holder is plastic which slides over the metal adaptor rings that screw on to the camera lens. Its a bit clumsy to take on and off when composing an image but as the nd strength is quite weak you camera can focus with the filters attached.

 

The filters are made of resin and apart from their magenta cast are usable just be careful as they are very easily scratched and rendered useless then.

 

Verdict.... Cheap and a great starting point but that's where it ends. Not at all colour neutral and using these near sand they get destroyed in no time.

 

 

Lee

Next I ventured down the road of Lee filters and yes they are a big step forward and worked reasonably well in most situations with only a few issues.

The first being the holder itself, it clips on snuggly enough to the lens adaptors but if you are unlucky to accidently hit the holder while moving or repositioning the camera then the filter holder can just slip out of place and fall to the ground smashing your filters. The edge of the brass gripper for some strange reason is sloped in such a way that you can pull the housing of the adaptor ring and it can easily unclip itself.

 

The next slight issue I had was the blue colour cast,

Yes it can be corrected in editing but it throws of the colours in the sky still and I have struggled to correct this a number of times. Also when you pay for a premium product you shouldn't accept defects straight out of the box.

 

Lastly the nd grads were made of resin, now anyone that is serious about seascape or landscape photography will tell you how easy it is to scratch these filters. All it takes is a grain of sand in your cleaning cloth and serious damage can be done in a split second.

 

For their price I wouldn't consider these filters or filter holder great value for money.

Time has moved on and most companies have improved their range but Lee in my mind is staying the same and for that reason you tend to see fewer of them in use.

 

Verdict... Colour cast is just wrong straight out of the box. Although it's minor its still there. Holder design needs to be improved on, Nd grads in Resin considering the price is crazy, lastly the price of the ring adaptors is very expensive.

 

 

Nisi

Next on the journey was Nisi, I have to say I like the filters themselves they are fairly colour neutral and their filter holder is nice enough. The real advantage of this unit over the other two above is the inbuilt polariser. Its a beautiful little touch and with the external wheels for rotating it make it simple to use. The only criticism I have of the polariser is that it's delicate to put in place and I was always unsure if it was locked in place properly or not, would it just suddenly pop back out again and smash to a million pieces on the ground. A solid click as its positioned would be nice.

 

The holder itself is simple and it works well its not as easy to position on the adaptor rings as the Lee system but not far behind either. Overall they are a nice product with a good performance in the field.

Verdict.. A nice product but not cheap, the filter holder is great but I constantly worried about the polariser and the seating on the adaptor ring was a bit hit and miss when your in a hurry.

I never scratched one of their filters but I didn't have them that long either. I would be worried about the nano coating on the filters getting damaged through exposure to grit, sand or dust. 

 

 

 

Formatt Hitech Firecrest

Finally we arrive where I am today, as an official Formatt Hitech Firecrest ambassador this review may seem to be biased but it just so happens I was delighted to be chosen by them for the simple reason that I love their filters.

 

So let me just start with my first experience using them, initially I really wasn't sure about the filter holder it just seemed to be so different. It was only when I stopped and treated it like any other part of my camera equipment I realised it just needed to be customised. After two mins of adjusting it I completely fell in love with it.

 

The filters were stiff going into their slots and the unusual aspect of having the gasket fitted to the filter holder and not the filter seemed alien to me. It was only when I slightly loosened the tension screws on the filter slots I realised this could actually grow on me. Now I think its great that you can have the filters at the tension you want and not fixed via the factory. So it took me about an hours use before I really began to fall in love with this filter holder and I haven't looked back since.

 

The gasket on the holder is not a problem at all and the filter holder itself can be removed very easily with just one hand as there is a thumb slide that releases it, this is something I instantly liked, the ease of rapid removal then refocusing and composing a shot was just so very easy.

Repositioning it is just a matter of clipping it back in place and after you see the lever lock again with a nice solid audible click your ready to go. Having an inbuilt polarising filter is also again a major plus. This time the polarising filter screws into the lens adaptor section, something you then don't have to worry about falling out of place.

 

The extra removable caps for the filter holder are fantastic for removing any stray light and work perfectly.

 

Can I find a fault with the adaptor?

Well not yet, it's easy to position on the camera and feels solid, has an inbuilt polariser, and external wheel to rotate the filter, seems to be easy to customise, if I were being petty I would have requested the option for a third filter slot (I will never use it though) and brass filter adaptor rings as Aluminium or alloys never wears well and have a tendency to lock on the camera threads but when you look at all the other systems mentioned above none of them provide brass rings either.

 

The filters themselves are made of bonded glass so the actual nd part of the filter is protected by hardened glass on both sides making them incredibly scratch resistant. They are completely colour neutral and have a very large selection of filters to choose from covering all price ranges.

 

Full review of the Firecrest filter holder Here

 

Verdict... I love the filter holder now, it's so easy to use and the neutrality of the filters is second to none.

All in all a really nice system and great value for money definitely by far my favourite filter holder. In short I always carried the Nisi and Lee systems in my bag but now I only carry the Formatt Hitech Firecrest system with me.

 

 

So to sum it up the Firecrest filters are completley colour neutral and exceptionally easy to use, at the end of the day we should expect no less. 

It should be the case with all filters but sadly its not, I am proud to be associated with such a company and can only give my honest opinion on their products. If I didn't like them I wouldn't use them or promote their products.

 

 

They have a huge range of filters and filter holders for all prices making it the ideal one stop shop. As an ambassador for their products, I can also offer a 10% discount with the discount code  HAYES10  ,simply add the discount code at checkout via their website, click Here to see their range.

 

Don't just take my word for it, look at all my new upcoming images. I can already see an improvement. 

 

I have a blog post on Long Exposure Photography which helps explain what filters are used for and how to use them.

 

 

 

 

Any questions feel free to email me @ kieranhayesphotography@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

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Newborn photography https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/3/newborn-photography Newborn photography and what to look for... 

 

 

 

 

 

If your reading this then I presume congratulations are in order, this is an incredibly special time in your life and who you pick to capture those moments for you is really important.

 

Firstly it should be a relaxed comfortable experience, ideally in your own home as let's face it who wants to go travelling in a car with a newborn baby only days old to go take pictures. I have 5 children myself so I have been there and know how tired you feel at the time. This is a whole other story but I actually delivered our second-youngest myself, now that was an experience :-).

 

 

So back to the sessions, I can't tell you how many times I have been on a newborn session when even one of the parents needed to change clothes. When you are at home there is a simple solution, just go change :-) All too often parents don't think to bring a change of clothes when travelling for a newborn shoot.

 

 

So Newborn photography takes time and just can't be rushed it needs to be done in a calm relaxed way in a warm environment by a caring person experienced in handling and positioning newborns. If the parents are relaxed then the baby will be also. Always look for reviews on the photographer's website or social media. 

 

Price.

How much does a session cost?

Most importantly what does it include?

Quite often a session price includes travelling, set up costs and the photographers time editing the photos but the most important question to ask is what do you get? Are there prints included?

If so how many?

When do you receive the photographs?

Do you get the digital edited photographs?

Surprisingly some newborn shoots can cost well over €300 by the time you are Finished why? because firstly you pay for the shoot and then you may have to pay for each individual photograph, so be sure to check what's included.

 

Check if the quoted price is including Vat. Some photographers quote prices excluding Vat, the vat then has to be paid by the customer which is another 23%.

 

Some photographers quote very cheap prices as they are just starting out and are inexperienced, this can be a gamble from your point of view, it might work or it could be a disaster also. They don't have insurance, use standard or secondhand equipment including lenses and lighting and use practically no props, setup costs approx €1,000. 

 

On the other hand, other photographers are insured, use professional-grade equipment and a selection of lenses (with a spare backup set, even pro equipment can fail) have a host of props from numerous blankets & wraps to beanbags, frames etc... and then there is also the diffused lighting, a range of accessories like portable heaters and white noise machines designed to relax newborn babies by simulating the sounds of being in the womb. Setup costs €12,000 to €16,000

 

Experience

The control of their equipment is vital, an experienced photographer uses their equipment in manual mode, while considerably more difficult it gives the photographer far more creative control on the resulting image and style of photograph. 

You can also take photographs in Auto mode much as you can also paint by throwing paint at a canvas, manual mode is like using a brush to apply the paint giving control and adding depth or feel to an image. 

 

Insurance

Insurance is something all photographers should have. For both yours and their peace of mind. Accidents do happen and insurance is an important safety net.

 

References 

Now, this is a funny one, never look at a website and think oh wow they take amazing newborn photographs, I know a good few photographers that use stock photographs (images they purchased off other photographers) to advertise their services both on social media and on their own websites.

 

Always look for references from paying customers. An easy way of doing this if you don't want to ask is to go to their social media feeds, for example, Facebook and look for reviews by actual customers. Speaking of social media some photographers automatically share your images online via their social media and website others don't. If this important to you then make sure to ask before booking a shoot. 

 

Props, what props are available and what style of shoot do you want. Are the prints for a specific room in your home and if so do you want matching colours? Would you prefer neutral colours? Or have you items of sentimental value you would like to include in the photoshoot and is that possible? 

 

Response time is a strange one, in my experience a lot of clients expect to contact a photographer straight away which in an ideal world would be fantastic but the reality is when you are on a job your phone is on silent so as not to disturb the client on the photoshoot so please give the photographer a bit of time to respond. Often times the first to respond is usually the one that's not in demand. 

 

Who chooses the final images? Do you get 10 images of the photographers choosing or do you choose the ten images yourself? It often amazes me the images people personally select from a shoot. My favourite shot is always included but there are also always a few surprises in there. We all see images differently and while some may be technically perfect there could always be one-shot that is selected because it simply just reminded the parents of another family member. 

 

The reality is all of the above are important but the images, their quality and how you personally feel about them is all that's really important. 

 

I would always recommend going with an experienced friendly and professional photographer. They are in demand because they always deliver on every shoot and know exactly what they are doing. So if you email them don't be surprised if they don't come back quickly to you, they bare probably working. 

 

Google is your best friend when looking for a newborn photographer, usually the better ones rank in the top 3 results but sadly their price can also reflect the demand.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations again and enjoy every second of this amazing time.

 

Kieran.

 

 

 

 
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Exposing a Photograph https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2017/1/exposing-a-photograph Exposing a photograph and how it's done.

 

 

 

 

 

Its been a few months since I posted a blog so here it goes :-)

 

I can nearly feel the rust fall off as I write this, speaking of rust you should have seen the sea salt I cleaned off my tripod after this photo shoot.

An hours worth of cleaning and disassembly was on the cards the following day. Incidentally, that's one of my top tips for seascapes, I think you really have to immerse yourself in the environment to give the viewer the visual impact of actually being there. To stand back from the water and capture your image on dry land can also work but for me, the movement and feel of the water can also get lost unless you capture that close up feel where the water is at its best.

 

I provide a complete range of photography workshop and one to one tuition sessions where I share and demonstrate a lot of these tips, for more details click here.

 

 

Anyway, as usual, I am going off the point. These photographs were captured in late 2016  and the reason why I picked these specific photographs is because of the contrasting styles I took from nearly the same spot that evening. While there may have been three minutes between the exposures the only real difference in conditions is the tides positioning on the shore.

 

Location

Sheep's Cove, South Ring, West Cork a beautiful little place I have been going to for the last 20 years and it still amazes me every day I go there. With jagged rock formations and beautiful little details around every little corner, it has so many possibilities. You have a soft sandy beach on one side and on the other side a sheltered pebble beach, although this beach can't be reached at high. There is a gorgeous beach/coast walk from there over to the headland by the "Green Bar" with a beautiful panoramic view over to Inchydoney and Dunmore. Although this walk isn't very long it sure is stunning, Just be careful to only go on this walk when the tide is out as an oncoming tide at the wrong time could trap you on the beach until low tide returns.

 

 

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Photograph 1

The image above was achieved via a 30 second exposure with a combination of Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filters, a 10 stop nd filter & a 1,5 nd grad (5 stops) and at F9 on a Nikkor 16-35mm F4 Lens set to 16mm, my trusty Manfrotto tripod with ball head a pair of wellies (VIP). The more important aspects to capturing this image would be the filters and the tripod, without the filters we could never achieve the balancing of light from highlights to shadows and the tripod is vital because as I was in the water with waves coming and going the heavy solid tripod kept the camera stable to prevent any unwanted motion blur. Yes the Nikon D810 has 36mp of sheer quality builtin with some amazing dynamic range and the Nikkor 16-35MM F4 is very sharp and all that helps but I have achieved similar results with budget cameras and cheaper Lenses, in saying that if you have the money to spend I would highly recommend the combo. I choose F9 as the aperture to keep the image as sharp as possible while still maintaining some nice depth to the photograph. Incidentally, there is a belief that F16 and upwards brings greater overall sharpness to an image but due to lens diffraction this is not the case. I usually find most lenses perform best between F9 to F11 in saying that I also use F16 for added depth of field sometimes in landscapes. Possibly the more important element for correct depth of field is your focus point and where in your image you focus. Live view is incredibly handy to confirm the correct depth of field when zoomed in at 100% you can see the areas in focus and out of focus.

 

Composition

To get the water to have a bit more impact in images I generally try to go as low as possible with my tripod, with the Manfrotto pro3 055 that's very easy as the legs have numerous different locking angles and as they are all independent of each other so rocky or uneven ground is not a problem. Also, a ball head on the tripod means quick levelling movements can be very easily made. Lowering the camera brings the water into play a bit more as it brings it more into the viewers level. The Natural framing of the rocks and how they guide you back towards the sky also helps to soak someone into the photograph. The last detail is the sunset, yes I had no control over that but being in the right place at the right time is what photography is all about, oh and a  bit of luck too

I read an article years ago and when a photographer was interviewed he said "a good image grabs you initially and then it serenades you with its details until it captivates your mind and finally you are actually there" that's something I think of every now and then and wish to achieve one day.

Photograph 2

The second photo is far simpler and was taken with Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filters, a 6 stop nd Filter and the 1.5 nd grad again at F9 at 24mm and although it was taken only 3 minutes later and at a different focal length it looks quite different due to the shutter speed. The aim for this image was to show or highlight the motion of the water over the foreground which again was emphasized by the lower camera angle. There is always a certain element of luck in getting the flow right but shutter speed is always critical. Too slow and you lose detail in the water flow and too fast kills any form of movement in the wave. I haven't put a shutter speed in as it depends on the speed of water and even distance of the water to the camera. The clouds are more distinct and sharper in this image due to the shorter shutter speed and the longer focal length helps to bring the sky closer to the viewer and help to shorten the depth back to the horizon while still maintaining sharp focus due to the F9 Aperture.

There are obviously lots of other settings and ideas that run through your head before you take a photograph, just taking a photo and hoping for the best in my mind is one of the worst things you can ever do as a photographer. If you never understand how an image is developed how could you ever hope to consistently capture a good one? Stop for a second and in your mind picture your desired outcome now go capture it. With a lot of practice and careful thought, you can consistently achieve the images you want without resorting to HDR or over edited digital images which are nearly everywhere now. Think and you will learn, just take a photo and hope and you will never develop.  

 

Focus is something I haven't even touched on in this short blog but its something I will come back to at a later date probably.

 

Safety

The most important rule I have when photographing the ocean is to never ever turn your back on it, always expect the unexpected and never leave your gear on the ground. Always place it on the rocks away from the tide in your line of vision and well above the reach of waves. Alternatively, carry it on your back but if you slip on wet rocks you run the risk of crushing it or immersing it in water. Above all care about you, a new camera can always be bought... So stay safe, watch the tide and keep an eye out for rogue waves.

 

Not the best of photographs but they were taken minutes apart and I think it clearly shows how a bit of control can completely change an image.

 

What do you think? 

 

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Photography Meet https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2016/9/photography-meet So the details of the photography meet are as follows...

 

Monday the 26th of September starting at 18:30 and finishing at 21:00.

It will be held at Owenahincha beach, the end closest to Galley head, there is a carpark just across the road from the caravan park. See map details here....... https://goo.gl/maps/PBycbS1iaf62

Please feel free to come along no matter what level you are at or even if you don't have a camera yet!

 

 

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The Black Valley, Co. Kerry https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-black-valley-co-kerry  The Black Valley and the Gap of Dunloe

 

 

 

 

The Gap of DunloeThe Gap of DunloeThe Gap of Dunloe in the Black Valley, Co. Kerry. One of the most serene and beautiful places I have visited in a while.

It was never my intention to visit the Black Valley that day never mind to stop and take a photograph of the gap of Dunloe. I was in Kerry on a model portfolio shoot that wrapped up early and as the weather looked a bit dark and moody I thought I would kill a bit of time and go for a spin.
No sooner had I sat in the car then it started to rain so i drove to the black valley to scout for locations for a shoot maybe later in the month. A calm and quiet afternoon apart from the noise of the horses pulling their traps and the Jarveys telling their tales as they slowly clambered up the winding road along this stunning little lake looking nearly as though they are interwoven or knitted into the landscape. The rain still coming down I got out with my camera, tripod and filters (raincoat also of course). It seemed pointless at first as the little drops in the lake created a distraction from the greater view. I moved towards a long exposure purely to kill those distracting little rings in the water. So a selection of a polariser , an Nd filter and an Nd grad filter were used. That by itself also created another problem.... Rain drops on the filters. The only solution I had was to lean over with my jacket to act as an umbrella which reduced approx 80% of the drops. The very unprofessional solution for removing the remaining drops was to wipe the filters about every 15 to 20 seconds incredibly lightly as any camera shake would have ruined the image. The result is something that should never have been especially given the conditions.
The polariser helped to remove all the reflections from the water which i didn't like so much so I turned it back again to give a slight sense of what lies beneath and to add a bit of punch to the foreground. The nd grad reduced the light in the sky to give the detail and greater contrast to the clouds. The Nd filter just helped create the Long exposure then. I hope you like the result, I plan to go back again someday soon for a proper photograph.
This shot was taken at The Gap of Dunloe in the stunning Black Valley, Co. Kerry.


It was never my intention to visit the Black Valley that day never mind to stop and take a photograph of the Gap of Dunloe. I was in Kerry on a model portfolio shoot that wrapped up early and as the weather looked a bit dark and moody I thought I would kill a bit of time and go for a spin.


No sooner had I sat in the car then it started to rain so I drove to the black valley to scout for locations for a shoot maybe later in the month. A calm and quiet afternoon apart from the noise of the horses pulling their traps and the Jarveys telling their tales as they slowly clambered up the winding road along this stunning little lake looking nearly as though they are interwoven or knitted into the landscape.

The rain still coming down I got out with my camera, tripod and filters (raincoat also of course). It seemed pointless at first as the little drops in the lake created a distraction from the greater view. I moved towards a long exposure purely to kill those distracting little rings in the water. So a selection of a polariser, an Nd filter and an Nd grad filter were used. That by itself also created another problem... Raindrops on the filters. The only solution I had was to lean over with my jacket to act as an umbrella which reduced approx 80% of the drops. The very unprofessional solution for removing the remaining drops was to wipe the filters about every 15 to 20 seconds incredibly lightly as any camera shake would have ruined the image.

The result is something that should never have been especially given the conditions.

The polariser helped to remove all the reflections from the water which i didn't like so much so I turned it back again to give a slight sense of what lies beneath and to add a bit of punch to the foreground. The nd grad reduced the light in the sky to give detail and greater contrast to the clouds. The Nd filter just helped create the Long exposure then.

I hope you like the result, I plan to go back again someday soon for a proper photograph.

 

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How it was done https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2016/4/how-it-was-done  

How it was captured, the making of a photograph.

 

"clonakilty photographer", "West Cork Photographers", "Cork Photographers", "Photographers Ireland"Photography ExplainedLong exposure photography and how this photograph was captured explanation. This how to guide on an image captured by multi international award winning West Cork photographer Kieran Hayes based in Clonakilty, Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

I get literally hundreds of messages a month on social media asking how did you do that? or more to the point how can I do that?

 

 

 

So I had a brainwave.... rather than answering one by one why not do a blog on it and save myself time :-)

 

 

 

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Firstly I took this Photography at Long Strand Beach, just outside Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland.

 

 

 

You simply don't just go somewhere to take a photograph along the Wild Atlantic Way. You wait for the tide, the weather and the mood to be right. No matter what the weather there is always a quality photograph to be taken its just a matter of adopting to your surroundings and conditions but on this occasion, I was waiting for exactly this. 

 

 

 

The first thing I always say about coastal photography is to respect the Sea. Its a mighty powerful beast and can surprise us all at times. Two rules I have are firstly never ever turn your back on the sea, I really mean NEVER. The second rule is if you think it's not safe then it definitely isn't, so move now.

 

 

 

So with dark heavy skies, the mood was just perfect for this shot. 

 

 

 

The tide was about right with a good powerful swell behind it, the sort of waves that sends shivers down your spine and make the ground shake beneath your feet never mind making you question exactly why you are here in the first place all adding to the mood.

 

 

 

Anyway, I had been watching the waves and waiting for this moment for about an hour. Taking photographs of the surrounding area while waiting for the tide to withdraw just enough to give this rock a bit of breathing room. Finally, as the moment was nearly right I start working out light levels and what filters etc.. would be needed.

 

 

 

Looking at the speed of the water I was guessing about 1/4 to 1 second in length. Looking to maximize depth (depth of field) and still keep the image sharp with less diffraction I kept the aperture to F11. the shutter speed was about 8 stops too high. I decided on a 6 stop lee nd filter with a Lee 0.75nd soft Graduated filter (2.5 stops nd filter) So with a quick test fire it was nearly right but just too dark. Increasing the ISO up to ISO100 from ISO64 was nearly perfect.

 

 

 

After selecting the Focus point about 7 metres from the camera which would be approx 4 metres behind the rock and setting the camera to manual focus I moved towards the rock and waited for the swells to come in and stayed watching them for about 10 mins. I stepped out into the water and took position with the camera. I had a rather large stone with me. Once I found the position I was happy with I dropped the stone to mark my spot. every wave that came in caused me to retreat even though I had a good pair of wellies on :-). The quick-release system on the lee filter holder is great for this purpose, along with the quick release plate on the Manfrotto Tripod.

 

 

 

So the position was set via the large stone Lee filters reinstalled and tripod attached. just needed the right wave now and then there it was. As soon as it slowed its climb up the beach I ran out to position dropped the tripod above the stone, levelled the camera and took two shots this was the second one. again as I said at the start if it doesn't feel safe it probably isn't, I got drowned about 3 seconds after taking that shot. The next wave came in about 6 inches over my wellies. There is always a trade-off, this was a price worth paying though :-)

 

 

 

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See you out there,

Kieran Hayes. 

 

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Asylum's Return https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2016/3/asylums-return St Kevins Hospital Cork

 

 

 

 

 

St. Kevins abandoned Mental hospital, Cork has to be one of the most powerful buildings I have ever been in.

 

The below photograph is one of many that still hits me hard every time I see it.

Rest in piece ye poor souls.

Please read on to know more about this building and our experience in there.

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I have never before in my life felt such a presence radiating from the walls of a building.

 

Now don't get me wrong you don't just walk in here and in a cheesy way say this is spooky or I feel uneasy.

 

It just starts to slowly starts to soak into you, slowly breath by breath you get an uneasy feeling. This continues to grow on you the longer you are there, this very slight feeling of being watched or not being alone combined with the cold has a compounding effect that builds up in you. Hairs standing on edge, the constant looking over your shoulder it's as though you know something like the piercing cold breeze is whispering something in your ear as it drifts past.

 

Again not in a creepy way just a bit unsettling as though the walls want or need to let something out. Again this sounds a bit weird but it's something that hits you later on then at the time. 

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This started out as a photography project but rapidly developed into us trying to give a voice to the poor souls that were tortured within these walls. It was all light-hearted and a bit of fun until we actually got there.

 

 

 

We all agreed that we wanted to bring these buildings tragic story back into this modern world again, to help give the silenced a voice.

 

 

Countless lives having just been abandoned in here, in horrific conditions that eventually led to it being shamefully shutdown.

 

 

From numerous articles, I have read the occupancy of this building seemed to continue to grow without any extensions or extra building work put in place.

 

 

Reports of the finally capacity being over four times its original official size still sends a shiver down my spine.

 

Now just think of that for a second, the building was built to just about adequately house its capacity, to think the capacity then increased to fourfold of what it was meant to house is criminal. 

 

 

From locals, you hear of the stories of the gates and railings surrounding the property being erected to just stop people from escaping and throwing themselves into the beautiful river Lee below to put it all to an end. The local stories have it that the lucky ones ended out in the river, utterly shameful.

 

We had only one mission to tell a story.... this is how it unfolded.

 

I had three people with me in the shape of two models Michelle and Paulina with our brilliant make-up artist Helena there for some special effects.

 

30 seconds after stepping foot inside you could already feel the energy oozing from the walls.

 

Light leaking through the failing roof, scattering shadows and creating shapes across the walls and the debris-ridden floor. With the random sound of horses walking around outside and the odd gust of wind, it made for a very edgy experience. 

 

A real dark chill could be felt silently tickling through your clothes and slowly seeping deep down into you. The cold in this building is of the type that cuts through you and sinks deep into your bones. I told myself at the time it was probably down to the humidity and the cold nights.

 

 

As we were getting ready I walked down into the darkness at the end of the corridor (now sealed off), I stood there in the dark and closed my eyes for 20 seconds in an attempt to feel the mood of the building.

 

After I opened my eyes the first sight I saw was graffiti on the wall straight in front of me highlighted by a tiny sliver of light saying "End of the line" that single line of text hit me hard at the time.

 

As I walked back towards the scattered light of the corridor I constantly felt as though we were not alone and the cold seemed to be piercing through my normally very warm jacket even faster. I felt pressure to do this justice and at the same to have respect for what went on before, yes the images needed to grab your attention but they also needed to make a point. Did we over dramatise them well maybe but this is no ordinary place either.

 

I was already thinking if only these walls could speak they would probably scream a deafening cry for decades to come. Just think of all the tears shed in her and the screams echoed down these halls, some of the screams were never even given a chance of being let out as patients had been gagged to keep them quiet.

 

I went back to our group and we talked for a few minutes and tried different shots and angles but for me one really connected it told a story through the dark damp walls, the new concrete wall put in place as though to hide or seal this place off, the graffiti "end of the line" which probably sadly summed this building up for thousands of souls, Of course, the fantastic model Michelle with her amazing flexibility pulling off a backbend while keeping a haunting look of despair on her face finished it all off.


The entire mood of this image even down to the slight sign of daylight coming through the wall for me personally after having been there couldn't have been better. The enclosed space the haunting look on Michelle's face and the thick all surrounding feel of the walls and dense mood of this place.

While this Photograph might give the impression of a reasonably well-lit area it was anything but that after the flash fired you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.

 

I hope this image and the others we took help to give the people who spent their days in here a bit of a voice and maybe carry their story out to the public, we can all be very thankful for our helath and also support others who may be suffering with theirs.

 

 

Electroshock treatment was mandatory and believed to be a cure. The idea of constantly increasing the dosage only served to fry the victims brain. Yes, they were quite afterwards but were they now just screaming inside?

 

After the photoshoot, we had a few amazing experiences from Paulina's photo which showed someone in a straight jacket at the end of the corridor to Michelle's car handbrake failing just after her husband said he didn't believe in Spirits or Ghosts.

 

The below quote really puts this place in the shameful light it deserves.

 

Over the years the conditions inside Our Ladys Hospital and St Kevin’s was condemned and declared a total disgrace. The people incarcerated in the asylum were guilty of nothing. Vulnerable, innocent and harmless. They did not deserve what was done to them. Victims of misfortune, victims of illness and indeed, tragically, of abandonment. They were locked up in a vermin-infested, unsanitary, dirty, dark confinement From the Inspector of Mental Hospitals Report.
 

 

This building still lives and breathes by all accounts, several fires have damaged it sadly over the years, I hope one day it can rest.

 

See you out there,

Kieran.

 

 

 

 
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Long Exposure know how https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/long-exposure-know-how
As a result of numerous questions and requests I have decided to post a few photography tips.
 

 

 
 
The first topic is Long Exposure, it's really quite simple.
 
Always remember that a photograph is just captured light. Each photograph needs to be correctly exposed (to have enough light, neither too much nor too little).
 
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A long exposure shot is simply one where the camera absorbs the image (light) for longer this then creates a blurred effect on moving objects like cars, stars or primarily water as seen in many of my photographs.
An LE (long exposure) shot can be anything from half a second to hours long. Most LE shots are within the 30 second mark. The reason we vary the length of the exposure is to get a specific desired effect :-)
 
 
 
So here we go.
 
How do we reduce the light to the camera's image processor?
 
The first method is a neutral density filter this reduces the light allowed into the lens. This ND (neutral density) filter acts like sunglasses for your camera :-)
 
You can purchase these in various strength's depending again on the effect you want and the light level you are shooting in.
 
 
The second way is to use the aperture of the lens using a high aperture or F-stop eg. F16. Now I know this sounds complicated again but think of it like this... The aperture on your camera acts exactly the same as your own Iris in your eye. When its bright your eye closes so you don't absorb too much light and when its dark it opens wide to absorb as much as possible. We can control the Aperture on the lens in either manual mode (I always use manual), A or AP which is generally the aperture Priority mode. The more we increase the F number or F-Stop the more we close the "iris" hence less light. By decreasing the light in the camera it means we need to take a slower photograph to let more light in which in turn creates the desired motion blur.
 
Lastly your camera can also by itself vary the exposure time required through the ISO setting. ISO just varies the sensitivity of the light receiver or CCD chip in your camera. The ISO setting should be set to manual and at ISO100 or the lowest real ISO setting on your specific camera.
 
Combining a neutral density filter, high F-stop (F16) and a low ISO means your camera in the aperture priority mode will need to take a long exposure to correctly expose the image.
 
 
 
Try this 
It pays to experiment, so at sunset tonight why not try taking a photograph of the clouds directly overhead. Firstly setup your Tripod and adjust your Camera's Iso to ISO100 or 200 whichever is your lowest. Point your camera upwards, zoom out fully and set the F-stop to say F16. In aperture priority mode your camera will always select the correct shutter speed. Take a few shots under different light and see the effect. 
Tip: Having a building in the image will help ground the image. This will not create a beautiful photograph but it will help you to understand how it all works.
 
This is the first of my brief explanations on how to create a long exposure image. My latest image on my Facebook page (kieran hayes photography) and instagram  (@kieranhayesphotography) was taken at sunrise and it was a 20 second exposure with me as a ghost stand in. Ghost images are simply done by standing in the frame of the image while the photograph is being taken for a certain period of time but not all the exposure time. Its vital you stay completely still.
 
Nb. Always use a tripod. Its impossible to keep the camera steady handheld. 
 
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More landscape photography tips found on https://www.landscapephotographyireland.com/blog/a-complete-guide-to-long-exposure-photography-part-1
 
 

 

 
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info@kieranhayesphotography.com (Kieran Hayes Photography,) Clonakilty Clonakilty Photographer Ireland photography photography long exposure explained photography tuition West cork https://www.kieranhayesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/long-exposure-know-how Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:21:59 GMT