Last year when I showed you how I used neutral density filters for fireworks and daytime subjects, I mentioned I could not wait to try them on waterfalls in the Spring. I took a trip down to Taughannock Falls State Park last weekend and brought the Dolica CF-NDK77 77mm 0.3, 0.6, 0.9ND Neutral Density Filter Kit with me.
To show you the difference a Neutral Density filter can make. Here is a photo of the 215 feet (66 meters) waterfall using a hand-held shutter speed of 1/30th of a second.
You can see a lot of definition in the moving water of both the falls and the creek even at a hand-held slow shutter speed.
Notice the difference of the waterfall when I use a 3-stop (0.9) Neutral Density filter which required the use of a tripod as the shutter speed dropped to 4 seconds.
The waterfall has the sliky look people love with the added shutter speed time and the neutral density filter keeps the image from being overexposed.
BONUS: I am still getting used to the fact I now carry a video camera with me at all times. The iPhone 4 takes HD video and easily uploads it to youTube. Now, I just have to remember to use it in Landscape mode. 🙂 Enjoy!