Project 365 – Day 219: First shots using the B+W ND 3.0 filter

August 6 2012

I decided the other day to splash out and add a B+W ND 3.0 filter to my kit. For those unfamiliar with Neutral Density filters, they are available in different strengths that allow you to shoot at longer exposures than would otherwise be possible – great for smoothing water and clouds in daylight. The B+W 3.0provides a light intensity reduction of ten f-stops – apparently enough even to shoot steel furnaces and incinerators, not that I come into contact with any of these very often….but if I do, now at least I can photograph them :-)

With some fairly strong winds blowing today I thought it would be a good opportunity to take it out for a test.

Not having too much time to be out shooting today I chose to take a couple of quick shots down at Place d’Armes. Actually having a piece of black glass screwed on the front of the lens meant the shots weren’t actually that quick.

Place d'Armes daytime long exposure

Place d’Armes daytime long exposure
ISO 100 – 18mm – f14 – 25 sec

Place d'Armes daytime long exposure

Place d’Armes daytime long exposure
ISO 100 – 18mm – f10 – 32 sec

I had thought the clouds would have turned out a bit softer than they did given the strong wind, but guess they weren’t moving as fast as I thought. Anyway, quite happy with the first test and looking forward to trying some water shots and more urban landscape in the coming days.

While I was taking my photos, this colour coordinated group in blue, yellow and green caught my attention.

Colourful group at Place d'Armes

Colourful group at Place d’Armes
ISO 100 – 90mm – f14 – 1/40 sec

I passed through Place des Arts on the way back and the fountains were catching the light nicely.

Fountains at Place des Arts

Fountains at Place des Arts
ISO 100 – 145mm – f7.1 – 1/320 sec

Fountains at Place des Arts

Fountains at Place des Arts
ISO 100 – 170mm – f7.1- 1/400 sec

Fountains at Place des Arts

Fountains at Place des Arts
ISO 100 – 210mm – f7.1 – 1/320 sec

Fountains at Place des Arts

Fountains at Place des Arts
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/500 sec

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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2 Comments

  1. Ellis Pictures August 7, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Great Long Exposure images Martin, hope to see more using this filter, do you have any waterfalls etc near where you are, they look fantastic when a ND filter is used.
    I read the second part of you post about not getting the clouds as smooth as you would have liked, have you tried any shots on F22 or higher to push the exposure time up further. Keep up the fantastic work!!

    • Montreal in Pictures August 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Thanks Steve. Unfortunately not that many waterfalls nearby but looking forward to trying it on the Saint Lawrence river and the rapids as I’ve always struggled to get the smooth water look without a filter..I have a particular spot in mind where I think some great images could be taken – hopefully soon.