A Handy Tool: the ND Filter

by | Nov 9, 2011 | Recommendations | 1 comment

This quaint little bridge, situated just off Rt. 7 in the lightly populated county of Litchfield, Connecticut, is probably the smallest covered bridge I have ever seen. Just tall enough to walk through, the miniature, almost romantic little structure is the gateway to Kent Falls State Park, one of the best spots to photograph waterfalls in the State of Connecticut.

8084_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1.0 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

To get shots with flowing water like this taken pretty much in the middle of the day, I am very glad I had a Neutral Density Filter with me. Essentially adding sunglasses to the lens of the camera, an ND filter decreases the amount of light that enters the lens by a specific number of f/stops allowing for a longer shutter speed even in well-lit situations. True, the day I spent at Kent Falls was cloudy, but still I wouldn’t of had nearly as much flexibility in choosing exposure settings without the filter. The particular ND filter that I have is the Tiffen 0.9 filter. When 0.3 equals 1 stop of light, 0.9 is equal to a decrease of 3 stops of light, just about perfect for most situations, even direct sunlight.

If you want to add character and professionalism to your photos, I highly recommend you get one of these. The silky water effect is not something you can add in Photoshop very easily, let alone naturally-looking. I got a 77mm on Amazon for just under $43.00. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, I wish I had purchased it years ago!

1 Comment

  1. Chelsea N.

    I’ve always heard that Connecticut is a beautiful state, but now we can see true evidence of that! The picture is lovely and I love that silky water effect! 🙂


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