Neil Bur­nell

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

An ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher from South West Eng­land, Neil be­gan to take his hobby se­ri­ously a few years ago, and since then he’s won Wex Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year twice, as well as a cat­e­gory of Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Visit www.neil­bur­ NEIL Bur­nell is an award-win­ning fine art pho­tog­ra­pher who feels like he’s owned a DSLR ‘for­ever’, but only re­ally de­vel­oped a pas­sion for cap­tur­ing land­scapes in 2016. In the same year he found he was lean­ing to­wards long ex­po­sures and mono or muted- colour seascapes. Neil owns a Nikon D810, and has re­cently swapped his Zeiss primes for Nikon zooms. ‘I now use 17-35mm, 2470mm and 70-200mm lenses,’ he ex­plains. ‘I have sac­ri­ficed a tiny amount of im­age qual­ity, but I have much more flex­i­bil­ity about what I can carry now.’ It’s just as well, be­cause Neil’s kit bag also con­tains 3-, 6-, 10and 16-stop ND fil­ters. ‘ When I’m us­ing the ND fil­ters my shut­ter speeds can vary from 0.5sec to six min­utes de­pend­ing on the look I’m af­ter,’ he says. When he’s search­ing for a promis­ing com­po­si­tion Neil hand­holds the cam­era and uses the viewfinder be­fore switch­ing to the LCD screen once it’s on a tri­pod and ready to go. ‘I use man­ual ex­po­sure mode and mostly Eval­u­a­tive me­ter­ing,’ he ex­plains. ‘I tend to pre­fer my long ex­po­sures to have lighter tones, so I al­ways use the his­togram and ex­pose to the right. Most of the time my ISO falls some­where be­tween 64 and 400.’

Keep­ing the ISO low has en­sured a noise-free im­age with plenty of de­tail on the rail­ing Nikon D800E (Neil’s older cam­era), 50mm, 0.8sec at f/11, ISO 100

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