Thursday, October 18, 2007

Capturing fall colors with an LB Warming Polarizer and ND Grads

You can see why this colorful image captured last September by Jon Cornforth gets full-page treatment in the November issue of Outdoor Photographer. Jon says, "I wanted to capture the ethereal mood of this overcast scene on Mount Ranier's Pinnacle Peak, but there was a 1-stop difference between the multi-colored bushes in the foreground and the brighter cloudy-sky background. First I mounted my Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer on the 55mm lens of my Pentax 6x7 II to reduce the glare on the wet leaves. Then I used the lower edge of my 3-stop Soft-Step Graduated Neutral Density filter to control the contrast at the top of the frame. In situations like this, I only need to use the very bottom of the grad's transition, which is about 1 stop." (note: be sure to click the image above to enlarge and see detail.)

When Jon was out this past week shooting the fall colors around his home base in Seattle, Washington, he came upon the scene we see below. "I don't know if I have ever seen the reds on the vine maples so nice. In order to really make this scene 'pop', I used my Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer. Anytime I am shooting trees, leaves, or flowers I use my polarizer to eliminate glare."

Jon travels over 6 months of each year, photographing an array of new locations including Alaska and the Yukon, Hawaii, and all along the western U.S. You can see a lot more of his top-notch photography by visiting

And while we're mentioning the November issue of Outdoor Photographer, you'll find some excellent advice on using polarizers and graduated ND filters in Rod Barbee's feature story, "Top 12 Filter Techniques." Rod not only wrote the story but provides all the photos, including several helpful with-and-without-filter examples.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Mor-Slo Filter is a very fast way to go much slower...

For those photographers striving for longer... and longer... and even longer time exposures, Singh-Ray has just introduced the Mor-Slo 5-stop Neutral Density Filter.

When it's combined with the Singh-Ray Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter, the new Mor-Slo can help you extend your shutter speeds by as much as 13 f-stops. The 77mm ring-mounted Mor-Slo can also be used -- either by itself or with your polarizers and other filters -- to increase exposure times by an additional five f-stops.

Singh-Ray's unique Vari-ND filter is leading more and more photographers to not only explore the realm of slow motion imaging -- but extremely slow motion as well. Now the Mor-Slo provides a quick, easy way to add density to the Vari-ND Filter without losing the ability to “dial” the degree of neutral density you want. By placing the Mor-Slo 5-stop ND Filter in front of your Vari-ND you can achieve densities at any point between about 7 and 13 f-stops.

The Singh-Ray Mor-Slo is available in either a standard 77mm filter ring that’s threaded on both front and back or in a 77mm thin-mount ring with no front thread. (It can be use in front or behind the Vari-ND as required, as long as BOTH are not the thin-mount ring.)

As a "theoretical" example of how the Vari-ND and the Mor-Slo Filters can team up to produce extremely long exposures, let’s begin with a typical outdoor scene at mid-day. The shutter speed would be slowed from 1/500 at f8 (with no Vari-ND on the lens) to 1/125 at f8 (with the Vari-ND on your lens and set at its minimum density) to as slow as 1/2 second at f8 (with the Vari-ND set to its maximum 8-stop density). At this point, if you were to add the MOR-SLO Filter in front of the Vari-ND, you can slow your exposure to as much as 30 seconds at f8 -- or 4 minutes at f22.

A new page has now been added to the website for easy online ordering of the Mor-Slo 5-stop ND Filter -- it's available now!