Practical advices about ND filters PART II

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Practical advices about ND filters PART II

Oct 15, 2016

PART II

  • Typical situations
  • Photography
  • Strong light flux
  • Accent on the subject of shooting
  • Landscapes and cityscapes
  • Shooting of architecture
  • Blurred motion
  • Lightnings
  • Shooting of the Sun

Photography
Now let’s discuss typical situations in photography where ND filters are in need.

Strong light flux
We have already considered exactly the same situation in the example in PART I. ND is necessary if you have a fast lens, camera with limited shutter speed and want to shoot with maximum aperture (for example, to get deep depth of field). In such conditions, shooting without a filter may cause overexposure.

F2.8 1/4000sec. ISO200 without ND filter.

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F1.3 1/4000sec. ISO200 with ND4

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Accent on the subject of shooting

This technique is required when there is a motionless subject and moving objects around them. With a slow shutter speed all moving objects will become blurred or even blurry, while the subject will remain sharp. Shooting without ND filters will give you extra light flux with overexposure.

Accent on the subject of shooting

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Accent on the subject of shooting

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Blurring of moving people makes the image more artistic

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Blurring of moving people makes the image more artistic

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Landscapes and cityscapes
ND filters are oftenly used in the landscape or cityscapes photography. Long exposure allows to blur the fast moving clouds, ripples on water, a fountain or a waterfall, making shots quite different.

Without filter (1/60 sec.)

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With ND1000 (13 sec.)

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Without filter (1/1600 sec.)

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Set of ND8, ND1000 and variable ND filter (30 sec.)

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Without filter (f/5.6, 1/1250 sec.)

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Variable ND filter (f/16, 15 sec.)

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Shooting of architecture
If you significantly increase the exposure (15-20 sec.), all moving objects will become invisible.

Without filter (1/100 sec.)

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nd_sample_08_w.jpgWithout filter (1/50 sec.)

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nd_sample_09_w.jpgWithout filter (1/8 sec., ISO200)

nd_sample_10_wo.jpgVariable ND Filter (25 sec., ISO100)

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Blurred motion
Car lights shot at slow shutter speed are also look very impressive. Basically this technique is used in night photography when lights are visible, however, light flux can be still strong and ND filter would be required.

ND8 (15 sec.)

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Lightnings
It is not easy to shoot lightnings. And the main problem is in difficulty to catch the moment of lightning with a short exposure. ND filters will significantly increase the exposure time and therefore increase the probability of a successful shot. If you're lucky, can get even a few lightnings in one shot.

ND8 (10 sec.)

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ND8 (10 sec.)

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Shooting of the Sun
If you have a telephoto lens and want to shoot close-up Sun, it would require a super- dense neutral filter. It will allow you to capture the surface of the Sun without overexposure with solid color and visibility of the black spots.

CAUTION: DO NOT TRY TO CATCH THE SUN WITHOUT PRIOR PREPARATION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU USE DSLR CAMERA! Otherwise, you can damage the camera and injure you eyes.

ND8 + ND1000 (Solar eclipse)nd_sample_14.jpgND8 + ND1000 (Mercury transit)

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In PART III we will talk about time lapses as it is a typical situation where you might need an ND filter.

To be continued....