The Set Up
Along with Yuyun’s D810, it is crucial for her to have a wide angle lens on hand, in her case, that is the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR. A tripod is essential to every shoot, especially for long exposure shots where you can’t risk having an unstable camera. She also suggests having several filters on hand to assist with lighting and colour. Yuyun keeps a graduated neutral-density filter, a neutral-density filter and a circular polarizer lens with her and uses them based on the weather and atmosphere.
Neutral-density filters come in handy when daylight is too bright to allow a slow shutter speed without having an overexposed image. These filters reduce the amount of light that enter the lens allowing you to capture the right kind of moment of the water. Based on the amount of light available, you would have to adjust your camera settings to work with the filter.
Before even packing her gear, Yuyun would have already scouted her desired locations in advance. “Usually I look for a good location during sunrise and sunset, this is done the day before so I can take note of the direction of the light beforehand.”