I'm doing a trip to Sicily in a few weeks, including, if the weather allows, a hike up the Stromboli volcano, which is one of the most active in Europe (it's apparently erupting almost all the time). I've never seen a volcano before, so I don't exactly know what to expect in terms of luminous intensity or fumes for instance.
I'd like to go back home with good pictures, and since it's a particular subject, and a once-in-a-long-time opportunity, I don't want to mess up. I'll be using my Nikon D5100, and will probably have the option to use any of my 85mm, 50mm or 12-24mm.
- Would a ND filter be useful ? I'm thinking the eruptions might be very bright.
- Should I use my lens hoods ?
- The D5100 is not weather sealed, would I be taking a risk by taking it up the volcano ?
- Are there other good tips for this situation ?
Here's the kind of picture I'd be glad to add to my collection (rather long exposure, which reinforces the idea I might need an ND filter) :