Archive for ND filters

Painting with Time

Posted in Art of Photography, Articles about Photography, Good News, Inspirations, Instruction, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2011 by Darwin

Samantha and I have a new article up on the Singh-Ray blog about using ND filters to “Paint with Time“. Check it out if you are interested in creating images with swirls and blurs of motion. Click on the photo to see a larger version of the image.

©Darwin Wiggett


New eBook – Advanced Filters for Digital Nature Photography

Posted in Art of Photography, eBooks, Filter, Good News, Image Processing and Software, Instruction, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques, VWBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Darwin

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Samantha and I have just released our latest eBook on Advanced Filters for Digital Nature Photography.

This eBook continues where our last eBook, Essential Filters for Digital Nature Photography, left off and introduces photographers to advanced filter techniques that lead to creative imagery often impossible to replicate in software.

Learn how to use in-camera filters to create unique and desirable effects. Darwin and Samantha cover the Gold-N-Blue and Blue/Yellow polarizing filters, the 1.5 stop hard-edge grad filter for reflection photos, the Daryl Benson reverse ND grad filter, and specialty ND filters like Lee’s Big Stopper and Singh-Rays trio of Vari-ND filters.

Learn how to correct colour casts caused by filtration in post-production, see why a 1.5 stop ND grad is the solution for perfect reflection photos, discover why the Daryl Benson reverse ND grad is an essential filter for prairie and desert photography, and be creative by using ND and Vari-ND filters to ‘paint with time’. Finally, Darwin and Samantha show you the creative power of combining two or more of these filters for expressive and creative photography. The eBook costs $10, is 49 pages long and is available here.

The Daily Snap- September 30

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by Darwin

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I had fun at the Paint Pots trail in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. I set up the Canon G11 on a tripod and used the built in ND filter to give me longer exposures while people walked through the scene. People close to the camera blurred a lot, while those further away blurred a little. This is a combo of three shots with people in different positions. I am the foreground person walking through the scene while I set the G11 to 2 second self-timer.

Weekly Photo – August 20

Posted in Photography Gear, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by Darwin

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This image was shot at Squanga Lake in the Yukon using my Canon EOS-1ds Mark III and a 24mm TS-E lens. I also used a Singh-Ray 5-stop solid ND filter to lengthen exposure time to 20 seconds to get streaking in the clouds.

The Daily Snap – May 5

Posted in Good News, Photography Gear, The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

Winter just keeps hanging on here. First we have had fresh snow and then crazy wind and rain. I went out  two days ago to shoot and had 5 minutes of intense glow at sunrise. I had just enough time to snap two photos with my G11. I used a 3-stop hard-edge Singh-Ray grad to hold back the bright sunrise sky. I actually shot this as a JPEG because I forgot to set the G11 to RAW (yes I am a professional, sometimes you would know though). The image above is how the JPEG came out in camera but I added a tad of tonal contrast in Nik Color Efex to make it look a little more snappy as a small image here. For the rest of the morning I played with Singh-Ray’s three different Vari-ND filters  (hint a new version is about to be released) testing how they compare to one another. I will have the full test shortly.

The Weekly Photo – April 9

Posted in Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2010 by Darwin

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All of Alberta has been crazy windy the last few days. Rather than fight the wind, why not go out and make long exposures to capture the wind movement? Here I used my Rebel XSi, a 70-200mm lens, a Singh-Ray LB polarizer and Singh-Ray 5-stop ND filter to get an 8 second exposure on a cloudy and windy day. The painterly effect of the blowing grass is really lovely and the photo looks great as a big print. To see a larger version just click on the photo.

Grads, Polarizers and ND filters

Posted in Articles about Photography, Photography Gear, Techniques with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2010 by Darwin

I just did a a podcast with Marko over at about grad filters, polarizers, and ND filters. If you want to learn more about what these filters are, how they work and why I think every landscape photographer should use filters then turn up your speaker and listen to me ramble on… and on about these creative tools.

No filters - Canon Rebel Xsi

Singh-Ray 2-stop hard-edge grad filter over sky - Canon Rebel Xsi