Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Using ND Filters - Watery Wednesday

After getting a couple ND filters for my birthday I had to test them out. I had previously planned on using them in this location once I had them. I wanted to capture the swirling water that this small falls created. The only thing that an ND filter does is let in less light during an exposure allowing the photographer to use longer shutter speeds.

This was a 25 second exposure. Without the ND filters the slowest shutter speeds were around 2 seconds.


This was a 20 second exposure. I used the vertical orientation to make the biggest swirl the focal point.

Check out more great Watery Wednesday posts here.

23 comments:

Kelly said...

...that is so cool. The swirl looks like a satellite cloud formation of a hurricane!

Pam said...

Excellent photo. I agree it dose look like a hurricane in the water. I've seen them up close and personal, live in Florida.

Bryan said...

Great shots! What optical density do your ND filters employ?

ewok1993 said...

I think I found what I want for my birthday; thanks for the idea.

That is totally cool.

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Guy D said...

Extraordinary photos, wow.

Cheers!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Raven said...

Great photos love the formations in the water

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It definitely gives a different effect. ND filters, eh?

Kathy said...

Eric that's a great shot. Bet it is really neat to see something like that up close.

Eric Ripma said...

@Bryan: I believe I used a 3 stop (.9) filter for both of these shots. I also have a 2 stop (.6) filter.

Gill - That British Woman said...

those are so pretty

Gill in Canada

Steve B said...

These photos are great. Experimenting with new camera toys is always fun.

kayleen said...

Very nice. Really like the effects.

VALKYRIEN said...

Great shots! Love the swirl, that was unusual!

Connie said...

I like the picture. The swirls make it neat.

Glennis said...

Looks great very swirly!

Mariz said...

Fantastic shots! Must be so nice to see those swirls "live in action".

Thanks for the visit earlier. =)

Tess said...

wow! gorgeous! the water looks like milk chocolate in the cup.

Jew Wishes said...

These are beautiful...so serene and filled with mood. I love the way the water looks with the swirl.

floreta said...

wow, some interesting water flow here.. beautiful shots!!

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are great. That ND filter sure makes for neat effects. I love the soft swirling motions.

nessabates said...

That is really cool!! Now I have filter envy...lol I need to try those out!

mon@rch said...

All such stunning photos! Bravo

Mary said...

These are fantastic!