Sunday, April 25, 2010

Falls River

Falls River, Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a 2.5 second exposure at mid-day using a really thick neutral density filter.

I recently went to a Tom Murphy seminar where he recommended an ND filter to slow the shutter to 1 second when shooting water. I probably went a little overboard with the 3.0 filter and if you want to try this I'd suggest something a little less extreme, maybe 1.8 or 2.0. But this is fun stuff and I love what it does with the image.

The B/W conversion is custom, starting with the LR low contrast preset. I added an LR graduated filter to darken the rocks in the water at the bottom of the frame - kind of the opposite of it's typical use.

Nikon D3, Nikkor 18-35mm @ 18mm, 2.5 seconds @ f/8, GPS


Ray Meibaum said...

Should have mentioned that the filter is too thick to see through, so you have to remove it to frame and focus. (this is the not so fun part.)

Preston Page said...

That's a beautiful shot Ray! The water takes on a nice dreamy quality when it smears out like that. I've had a few assignments where I had to shoot displays in a busy store without showing people. I used slow film, f/64 and ND to get 30 minute base exposures. Bracketing color took forever :)

Preston Page said...

Ray, for the GPS, how did you record it? Do you have the Nikon GPS-1?

Ray Meibaum said...

Yes - it works very well. Acquisition was a little more difficult before the January firmware update for the D3, but it's very easy to use now. The firmware update also added the option to sync the camera's clock to GPS.