Trying out filters in the woods

Trying out filters in the woods

I just bought a new travel tripod to go with my new camera bag, and today I decided to see how well they worked together as I tramped around the woods and tried out the awesome filter holder and filters Jackie got me for Christmas. The filter holder has a built in polarizing filter and allows me to add either solid or graduated ND (neutral density) filters (there’s a fairly good article explaining what those do here). I have a set of graduated filters, and a 6-stop and a 10-stop (known as a “little stopper” and a “big stopper” respectively) that will allow me to take pictures with much longer exposure times to create effects like blurring moving water etc.

Here’s some pictures of the new bag and tripod and the filters on the camera etc…

This was the first time taking the filters out in anger, and though the light was pretty awful and I had hoped there’d be more water in in the stream from the snow melting, it was fun and educational to test them out 🙂 Here are some of the results…

I really like the effect of softening the water that the long exposure does, I’m really looking forward to going out and photographing the stream after a big rainstorm 🙂

If you’re interested in learning more about filters and what they can do, here’s a very educational video from the excellent Thomas Heaton that explains it far better then I could…


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