November 6, 2010


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I picked up a new toy last week and took it out for a test run late yesterday afternoon. The 10 stop neutral density filter is a thick, dark piece of glass that allows for longer exposures with no color shift.

Yesterday was windy and cloudy here in my corner of New England, so I took a drive to Hampton Beach NH to put the filter to the test.

The long exposure part worked out well on this shot, but the part about no color shift – not so good. It was dusk and I attempted to shoot three brackets (30 seconds, 1 min, 2 min). Each of the brackets had a magenta cast to it and the resulting HDR was a bit garish.

I did like the motion blur in the clouds and grass, so I decided to convert it to black and white using OnOne PhotoTools. During the process, I decided to bring back just a touch of color, resulting in this duotone look.

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  1. This is beautiful. Your images almost always have an ‘other worldly’ feel to them for me. I imagine them as the illustrations in a book of fantasy stories.
    Do you ever give permission for an image to be used in digital collaging?

  2. I love my 10 stop ND. I haven’t used it on a HDR shot yet. Maybe it’s time to try! Nice shot. I love Hampton & Plum Island in the winter.

  3. Dave, its a B&W filter. Not sure if the magenta cast is due to the filter, or the time of day. I’ll give it another test run in the coming days.

  4. Excellent shot Bob, I noticed you used the B +W ND 3.0. I’ve been working with that filter for a couple of weeks so far. I have not used it yet for processing HDR’s but one of the things I noticed with it, is I have the best color results when doing a custom white balance. Also I make sure it’s screwed on nice and tight so no light creeps in and it’s the only filter on the lens. However I did stack a circular polarizer on it for one shot and got good results. Just remember to remover your lens hood on the wide angle. I’m also wondering if you noticed a difference working with the filter while having your viewfinder blocked out? I read that makes a difference too. Let me know what you find out buddy!