Experimenting With a 10 Stop ND Filter, Part 1

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As I mentioned in a previous post about my Dead Sea Night & Sunrise Shooting workshop, it was the first time I actually managed to use my 10 stop ND filter and get some decent-looking images with it.

That got me pretty excited since using a 10 stop filter opens up a whole new world for me when it comes to taking photos, and it mainly means you can shoot all day long, and you don’t have to focus only on the sunrise and sunset time.

I’ve been waiting for a cloudy day so I can put the filter to the test, and when such a day arrived, I went out and took some photos of Tel Aviv’s City Hall.

By itself, it isn’t a fascinating building, and I wouldn’t be shooting it but thank the water fountain in front of the building. I was hoping that a long exposure would make an uninteresting photo interesting with the clouds in the sky.

And I’ll let you be the judge if I succeeded or not:

ISO 100 | 10mm | f/16 | 84.0 seconds

I don’t think I would get an interesting shot or composition in midday without using the 10 stop ND filter. However, it allowed me to get an 84 seconds exposure which made the water coming out of the fountain to be silky smooth, and it gave motion to the clouds.

This was just part one of my 10 stop ND filter experiments, and I plan to keep testing it and post my results here and learn as I go.

The first thing I’m going to do for part 2 is to take a regular image to go along with the long exposure one to show the HUGE difference the 10 stop ND filter makes.

Stay tuned 🙂

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