Diffusion

Clouds streak across the sky above a lake

As a Christmas/Birthday gift to myself, I finally broke down and purchased a B+W ND110 “10-Stop” filter. This weekend was the first opportunity that I’ve had to get out and practice with it a little. The weather was perfect – overcast and gray with a slight breeze. I wasn’t able to spend much time working with it but it was just enough time to fall completely in love with this little glass disc.

My workshop was the familiar shore of South Holston Lake where I spent about an hour getting used to working with it. Today’s is one of 3 images I brought away from my practice session that I felt were worthy of sharing. While I’m fairly happy with these first images I have a long way to go before I begin to see the results I want.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens, B&W ND110 Filter

Settings: ISO100, 18mm, f/16, 58 seconds

Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Black and White Effects

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17 Comments

  1. Jim Nix January 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM #

    wow Curt great shot, love that sky!
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  2. Vinko Jovanovac January 13, 2012 at 6:06 AM #
  3. Edith Levy January 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM #

    Fantastic Curt. I’d say you used it perfectly the first time out. I have to get myself one.
    Edith Levy recently posted…A New Year, A New Look

  4. Rick Louie January 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM #

    Once of my favorite filters! Looks like you used it perfectly! Love the drama in the clouds!
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  5. LensScaper January 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM #

    Wow! Wonderful sky, moody shot, great result. I must get one of these Big Stoppers!
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  6. andy gimino January 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM #

    Really nice long exposure curt!
    andy gimino recently posted…Why Did I Shoot That? 9/7/2011

  7. Chris Maskell January 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

    This is a great shot Curt, I really want one of those filters, even more after seeing this.
    Chris Maskell recently posted…Into the Light

  8. Mark Summerfield January 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM #

    Great movement in the clouds. I think you are going to have some fun with your new toy, especially if this image is anything to go by!
    Mark Summerfield recently posted…Glass Door, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

  9. Steven Perlmutter January 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM #

    Fantastic long exposure Curt. Silky water, nice movement in the clouds, and a beautiful conversion to B&W. Love that ND10.
    Steven Perlmutter recently posted…Winter Light

  10. Chris Frailey January 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    Silky smooth shot Curt. I have the same filter and love it. Can’t wait to see more.
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  11. Toad Hollow Photography January 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM #

    What a FABULOUS piece here, Curt! There is no way to tell that this is one of your first shots with the new filter, it’s absolutely smashing, my friend!!
    Toad Hollow Photography recently posted…The Toads – A Portrait

  12. Eden January 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

    Lovely work Curt. Great smooth texture to the sky :)

  13. Adam Olson January 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM #

    Great shot Curt! It has a fantastic mood to it! You will love this filter as I purchased one for myself for Christmas as well. Happy Birthday as well!
    Adam Olson recently posted…Alisa and Brent – Engagement Shoot

  14. Jimi Jones January 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM #

    This is really nice for a first go-round, Curt. Great results, man. Looking forward to seeing more. Happy Birthday, bu the way. ;-)
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  15. Len Saltiel January 10, 2012 at 8:27 AM #

    You will just love this filter Curt exactly for the image you posted. Great movement and tone.
    Len Saltiel recently posted…Contemplation

  16. Jim Denham January 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM #

    Exactly the kind of image the 10-stop was built for! Nice mood and movement!

  17. Dave January 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM #

    Awesome first go at it here for sure Curt! That is one thing that I have not gotten into yet, but will at some point!
    Dave recently posted…Modern Coliseum

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