Variable Neutral Density Filter Giveaway

This July, I’m giving away something that I’ve had my eye on, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger, a variable neutral density filter from Amazon.  Go to the contest page to enter and for full details!

If you’re wondering what a “neutral density filter” is, it’s something that you put over your lens to block out a lot of the incoming light.  Here’s a picture of the effect for the Wikipedia page on it.

neutral-density-demonstrationSo imagine that thing in the middle, but you can adjust how dark the picture is.  At least that’s how I picture it; if you win be sure to let me know!  I’ve taken some photos myself using an ND filter, as shown in this post.  As illustrated there, one cool thing about this type of filter is the ability to open up your shutter for a longer period of time , without saturating the image.  This lets water in motion look more like a sheet than individual drops.

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ND8 filter used here, the variable filter in question can go from 2 to 400!

It’s also probably good in an extremely sunny environment, like the beach, but some of this adjustment can also be done on a DSLR’s ISO setting.  I don’t claim to be a good photographer though, so I’m sure there are other interesting uses.

Photographing Brass Town Falls with a Neutral Density Filter

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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! Continue reading