“To create my long exposure images, I use a Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter
and stack a second 5–stop or 10-stop Mor-Slo fixed ND filter on top of that.
I always use a Vari-ND for long exposures for two important reasons.
First, I can open up the Vari-ND for easier composing.
At 18 stops, it’s almost impossible to see anything.
With the Vari-ND, I can allow more light to enter the viewfinder
so I can compose the image and then I stop down for the exposure.
The second Vari- ND advantage is that I can use the variable feature of the filter
to adjust my exposure instead of using the aperture.
This allows me to set my aperture I want to control depth of field.”
“There’s just one word to describe this filter… wow!
In harsh daylight with slowly moving clouds, 5 or 10 stops may not
be enough to achieve the effect I’m looking for.
The 4-minute exposure above was made in late morning on Clingman’s Dome in
the Great Smokies. Those who shoot a lot of long-exposures know that 4-minute
and 2-minute exposures can look completely different.
15 stops let me shoot at f14 for greater sharpness and still be able
to get longer exposure times.”
“When capturing a fleeting moment in time,
the filters I place between my subject and my camera have to be perfect.
Anything less is unacceptable.
Singh-Ray filters provide me with the level of exceptional optical quality I demand.”
“When color is an important feature of the subject, I shoot in color.
But when heavy clouds soften the light and create a nearly monochrome landscape
like Bandon Beach, I immediately begin to shoot for black and white.
The Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer works much like the color filters
that photographers once used with B&W film.
One of the magical results produced by this filter is the additional
depth and dimension it gives my subject matter.
As I view the image above, I can really feel a three-dimensional quality to the twin
stacks that I’m able to achieve only when using the Gold-N–Blue.”
“Not only is the LB ColorCombo an indispensable tool
for my color photography, it’s also my go-to filter for B&W.
It allows me to achieve consistent tonality – and by cutting
reflection and glare, smoother tonal transitions.
The color intensifying feature of the ColorCombo gives me better separation
of tones in post processing – and the polarizer in the filter adds drama.
And, although it’s not as dark as the Mor-Slo ND filters,
the amount of light the ColorCombo reduces is perfect for
introducing long exposure effects.”