Long Exposure Creativity in Garden of the Gods

Long exposure (265s) captured in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO. Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 Nikkor lens and Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filters (15 stops)
Long exposure (265s) captured in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO. Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 Nikkor lens and Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filters (15 stops)

My latest addition to my photo kit is a set of Singh-Ray “Mor-Slo” solid ND filters. I got these filters in both the 10 and 5-stop varieties in 4×4″ square glass.I chose the Singh-Ray filters in this style for a few reasons. While all solid ND filters tend to have a slight color cast, the Mor-Slo filters deliver a pleasing warm tone that is simple to correct in RAW. My other 10-stop ND is a Lee “Big-Stopper,” and it produces images that are incredibly blue– not impossible to correct, but not as pleasing, either. Secondly, the 10-stop Mor-Slo has a unique foam gasket design that helps prevent light leaks. I chose the rectangular glass option because it allows me to use the filters in a standard Lee holder (Foundation Kit) and easily stack filters (including ND-grads) without vignetting. In addition, it’s very easy to remove/attach the filter holder from your lens in the field; something that is somewhat more cumbersome when you use screw-in filters.

Armed with 15-stops of ND goodness, I captured a couple of shots that I’m pretty happy with! If you’re interested in learning more about long exposures, check out my tutorial video.

Long exposure (332s) captured in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO. Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 Nikkor lens and Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filters (15 stops)
Long exposure (332s) captured in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO. Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 Nikkor lens and Singh-Ray Mor-Slo filters (15 stops) Processed in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Lightroom 5.

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