Ethan Jones Takes Electric Surf Shots Using Lens Filters

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Being able to capture the energy of the ocean is a skill Californian photographer Ethan Jones has mastered. In this photo series he used a combination of CPL and ND lens filters to amplify his electric style.

Words and Photography by Ethan Jones

Being a photographer who does most of their shooting during dawn and dusk hours can require a plethora of good camera filters. Luckily I was fortunate enough to try some of Gobe’s ND and CPL filters as well as their lens mount adapters.

Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.

We’ll start off with the ND filter. The variable ND2-400 filter is by far by favourite filter to use to highlight my photography style. I paired this filter with my 100-400 mm 5.6 Fujifilm lens. The key feature I enjoyed was that I was able to bump my shutter speed down in more harsh lighting situations. When you’re shooting anything with fast motion on a slow shutter you get a cool blurred effect. I like to apply this to surf photography.

Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.
Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.
Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.
Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.

I was able to bump my shutter speed down in more harsh lighting situations.”

Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.
Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.
Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 100-400mm 5.6 lens and a Gobe 2 peak ND2-400 lens filter.

Next up is the CPL filter on my 85mm 1.2 Fujifilm lens. With my style largely being focused around a moody aesthetic, I find shooting with the CPL filter does enhance the look of a darkened sky, and is extremely effective at taking away unwanted glare in photos. Using this CPL filter whilst shooting in the water made for more clean cut photos. On the contrary I would not recommend using during golden hour if you’re trying to maximise reflections and other highlights.

Shot with a Fujifilm xt-2, a Fujifilm 85mm 1.2 lens and a Gobe 3 peak CPL lens filter.

Using this adapter with the Leica lens, I was able to get that rich buttery look out of my Canon film camera.”

Finally the R – EF lens mount adapter I used for my Leica 35mm lens and Canon body made for an interesting experience. Using this adapter with the Leica lens, I was able to get that rich buttery look out of my Canon film camera. If you have these two items in your collection, I would highly recommend you give it a try.

Shot with a Canon Quartz Date, a Leica 35mm lens and an R-EF lens mount adapter. Shot with a Canon Quartz Date, a Leica 35mm lens and an R-EF lens mount adapter.

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Ethan Jones

Ethan Jones is a freelance photographer based in Southern California. He has shot for clients like Roxy, Raen and Album Surfboards.

2020-05-08T01:37:06+00:00Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , |