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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. Continue reading Long Exposure Creativity in Garden of the Gods

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Video: Setting up Long Exposures with ND Filters

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Here’s a tutorial video showing how I use solid ND filters to capture long exposures in daylight conditions. A couple of key points for long exposures:

  1. Focus and compose before attaching the filters to your lens
  2. Determine the base exposure shutter speed using Aperture-priority mode
  3. Close the eyepiece shutter or use the cover before you shoot
  4. Use Manual exposure and set the shutter speed to “bulb.”
  5. Calculate the long exposure and use a timer to get the exposure right
  6. Use a locking remote release so you don’t have to touch the camera during the exposure
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Creative Photography: Going Long

A 10-stop solid neutral density filter allowed me to capture this image with a 30-second exposure.

I recently purchased a Lee “Big Stopper” filter. This is a 4×4″ solid neutral density glass filter that delivers 10 stops of light reduction power. In other words, it’s like putting a piece of welder’s glass in front of your camera. Solid ND filters are used to permit long exposures in otherwise bright conditions. Why would you want to do this?

In the right conditions, long exposures deliver a creative look that can make your images stand out. This technique can be a creative boost when you’re photographing popular places. In order for long exposures to work, you need both good equipment and the right conditions. Continue reading Creative Photography: Going Long

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