Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Beyond waterfalls

One of the most popular uses for our Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density filter, as well as traditional solid Neutral Density filters has been to slow the shutter speed of the camera so that waterfalls, rivers and streams are transformed almost into mist, for a mystical effect. While we love that application, we also enjoy when someone comes up with a more unusual use for a filter. Our next ad in Outdoor Photographer will feature this shot from Daryl Benson.

We'll let Daryl pick up the story from here: "While crossing the vast Saskatchewan prairie, I had lots of time to look for a blurred-motion photo op. That’s when I found these pumps waving for attention in the mid-day sun...perfect subjects for this 30-second exposure, made possible only with my versatile Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter. The Vari-ND lets me use extra-slow shutter speeds to show my subjects in action. By controlling the amount of added density from 2 to 8 f-stops, the Vari-ND helps me get the super-long exposure times I need at any time of the day."

We might point out that the non-moving areas of the image remain nice and crisp despite the 30-second exposure. Click the image above to see a larger version.

Daryl always seems to find a unique perspective with his images. You can see much more of Daryl's work in our Singh-Ray Gallery and on his website,

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