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Neat close up of a river in Vermont taken with a Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter to get “that maximum water blur”.

This is a 4 second exposure taken at f/16 with a Nikon D3 on a Gitzo Tripod. Need to use the tripod for a shot like this, absolute must.


Small Falls…

This i a close up of a river scene I worked in Vermont. The bigger version was posted some time ago “A River Runs Through It” is its title. I learned from my DLWS workshops, and specifically Joe McNally to work a scene. Go close, go wide, go low, go high… you get the idea. it’s great when a scene works in both the macro and micro points of view. The wide rushing river, and the close-up water flowing over the rocks.

Just great stuff, the stuff that makes taking photographs so much fun.

The blur by the way, was caused by using a Singh-Ray variable Neutral density Filter. It simply rocks when it comes to slowing down your shutter speed (up to 8 stops of light!). It takes only a few moments (or seconds) to get that dreamy, blur in water that is moving at a decent pace.

Have a great weekend! (and GO COWBOYS!)


Edge of Night

Another shot taken in Bermuda with the Singh Ray variable Neutral Density Filter to reaaallly elongate the exposure time. You can see the duration of the open shutter actually blurs the moving clouds overhead… an effect I always loved (when done right) because it captures the passage of “time” in a 2D still image.

Not sure what I was thinking when I snapped this shot, but my horizon line looked somewhat drunken… had to use the measure tool in CS3, draw the line, click on Image Adjust menu and then click on Arbitrary.. which straightened the horizon but whacked half my image (yes it was that crooked)… so ended up cropping and resizing… Whew, makes one a bit tired after all that pixel lifting 🙂


Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter TEST

WOW! If that ain’t a mouthful to say… Galen Rowell, a photographer whose work I truly admire often mentions the use of Singh-Ray filters. These puppies are not cheap, but they deliver.

This August I’m bringing all my gear on vacation to Bermuda. Been thinking about that bright sun, brilliant blue sky etc and how I can capture water features with that very soft flowie feel. Under normal circumstances even stopping down to f22, your shutter speed is still hovering at 1/250 or 1/125 of a second… way to fast to give H20 that dreamy look. Enter the Variable Neutral Density Filter or “VND” for short. You can add an EXTRA 8 stops to your shot. Yes, you read that right, 8 freakin stops. So now, even at midday you can take shots and grab 1 or 2 seconds to make water “flow.”

Luckily, I happen to have a waterfall in my backyard, so took the filter for a test drive this am and really loved the results. Can’t wait to get it out in the field and snap some wide angle beach shots.

This shot was taken with a Nikon D3 @ f22 for 2 seconds. This was taken at about 11:30 am, so sun was pretty bright. I had the VND filter at about midway- I took some with it cranked up, but lost some details in the rocks and trees around the waterfall. I think this is one that as you experiment, and depending on the lighting conditions, you will get used to how it should be set.

Would highly recommend it!

Waterfall with VND Filter (c) Joseph Rowland