Photographing Brass Town Falls with a Neutral Density Filter

Neutral density filter waterfall - ND8

A neutral density (ND8) filter allows for some great waterfall shots!

Hi everyone, and thanks for reading!  This site is mostly about camera hacks and mounts that other people (and sometimes myself) do.  It’s not really about photography per se, but once in a while I do get to take some shots that I’m proud of.  I’m going to file this stuff under the new “Jeremy’s Photography” category so I have a place to show it off.

I don’t claim to be a great photographer, so it’s more about the learning experience for me.  If you have any suggestions as to how these shots could be better, please let me know in the comments.  If you think they’re awesome, I’m happy to hear that too.

I used an ND8 filter on most of these shots, and a longish exposure time (around 1/8 second or so).  This along with the ISO being set to 100 allowed the water in motion to appear more like “streaks” than “drops.”

So check out the shots of Brass Town Falls located in the furthest reaches of Upstate South Carolina after the “read more.”  It’s a great location, so maybe you can give photographing it a try!

If you want to try this kind of technique yourself, you can pick up a neutral density filter pack on Amazon for around 13 bucks.  The linked 58 mm version works with my Canon T2i DSLR’s kit lens quite nicely.  I used the “ND8” filter with this, but it comes with “2” and “4” filters as well which can be stacked for even more darkening.

Also, after a little research, I also found this variable ND filter.  It’s about the same price as the set listed above.  I haven’t tried it myself, but as it can be adjusted from ND2 to ND400, it’s definitely on my wish list to try out.

2 thoughts on “Photographing Brass Town Falls with a Neutral Density Filter

  1. logan says:

    The shots look great! My wife and I usually hit up some waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Pkwy every fall and try to find some waterfalls to photograph. What aperture did you use for these photos? I usually bump down to about f/16-f/22, use an ND (I think an ND8, actually) filter, which allows me to take a photo around 2-3 seconds to get butter smooth waterfalls.

    • Jeremy Cook says:

      Thanks Logan! I’m not sure what aperture I used on this. I do remember setting the ISO to 100. I probably need to do some experimenting with the aperture setting – it’s not something I generally adjust manually.

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