While exploring a section of the Long Trail that traverses Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl in Vermont’s Green Mountains, I took a short side trip to Lake Pleiad, a favorite spot for day hikers. Using a B+W ND 3.0 Neutral Density filter, I made a long-exposure of this partially submerged tree to average out the undulations of the water surface, resulting in a blurry glass-like effect.
The ND 3.0 Neutral Density filter is a very dark piece of gray glass. It absorbs 10 stops of light from your base exposure and allows you to make long exposure photographs with standard film in daylight. If your base exposure without the filter is 1/125 sec at ƒ/16, with the filter you’ll need to lengthen the shutter speed to 8 seconds.
I used a Tachihara 4×5 Field Camera and a Schneider 210mm ƒ/5.6 Symmar-S lens to capture the image on Kodak T-Max 100 (TMX). The exposure was 8 minutes at ƒ/32.
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