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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)


    Having spent many a happy hour doing long exposures in the dark, I thought it time I tried long exposures in daylight with the help of a Tiffen APEX Long Exposure Filter. It does exactly what it says on the tin or the plastic box it came in. I decided to take an easy option and walk alongside the River Thames in London for some touristy photos as I thought there would be movement in the river and clouds in the sky. It was a still and humid day but a good opportunity to get to grips with using the filter. Tied up next to HMS Belfast was RMS St Helena which is the last working Royal Mail Ship in the world. It has been supplying the remote island of St Helena, 1,200 miles off the West Coast of Africa in the South Atlantic, with passengers and cargo for the last 26 years. Its job is due to be taken over by an air route when the islands first airport opens later this year and it is due to be decommissioned and sold off and is in London as part of its farewell tour.


    By the time I reached Tower Bridge, thunder and dark clouds were rolling in from the north-west and the overhanging eaves of City Hall made a good shelter when the rain came down. While the rain was hammering down, Tower Bridge opened to let a Thames sailing barge through. It was a quick dash out into the rain to grab a shot. Having finished my river walk, I was going to go inland to Trafalgar Square/Oxford Circus/Regent Street and make the people disappear but by the time I'd reached Westminster Bridge, the thunder and dark clouds were rolling back in and with a blister on my foot, I called it a day. Photos in the order they were taken.

Equipment Used: Sony Alpha A6300 CSC using the in-camera 5 second timer + Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC with a Tiffen Apex Long Exposure 10-stop Filter attached + Manfrotto PIXI Mini tripod.