LucrOit ND 1.8 (6-stop) 100x100mm Filter

LucrOit ND 1.8 (6-stop) 100x100mm Filter

 

Neutral Density Filters

Neutral Density (ND) filters will darken an entire image by some number of stops (depending upon the filter), allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed if you want to. You might want to do this if you’d like to do things like control depth of field or convey movement (or eliminate it altogether, depending upon your settings) more easily. They are wonderful creative tools.

Neutral density filters are cool because they don’t affect the colors within the image; they just darken the overall light and deepen/enrich the tones. You can also pair them with other filters.  You’ve probably seen those images taken by a body of water or river – where the water (which you KNOW is moving) looks smooth, silky or thready? Or how about those long exposure images with long cloud trails – or better yet, crowded places without people? Yeah, most of those photo were made using ND filters.

How I Use ND Filters

I’ll pull out a neutral density filter if I want to:

  1. Create the different water appearances… like smooth, silky, or thready.
  2. Create richer tones
  3. In combination with other ND filters – and/or GND filters. I might do the latter if I want to darken an entire scene… but still want to darken the bright sky even more.
  4. Just to experiment with light and tones.

This 6-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter is really handy in certain light. When a 10-stop is too much, the 3-stop is to little, the 6-stop is usually just right. I can also combine the 6-stop with the 3-stop if going all the way to 10 stops is too much… or I can combine it with any of the graduated filters if I need a bit more darkening at the top or bottom.

I usually know what kind of tones and color depths will tell the story of whatever image I’m shooting (usually landscape), so I pretty much determine which filter to use by:

  1. Having the vision of what I want a particular image to look and feel like and
  2. Knowing what ISO setting I’d ideally like to stick with. Since I’m basically impatient and don’t really like doing exposures longer than 30 secs if I can avoid it… AND I shoot Fujifilm, where I don’t have to worry about noise at higher ISO… I’ll balance the exposure time against the ISO and choose the filter/combination that does the job.

Like I say, filters are super fun creative tools: they do things that nothing else can. For me, the big ticket in the beginning was finding a holder situation that I could tolerate working with. LucrOit won that lottery hands-down for me… and now, I just love their filters like the old country!

Glass Vs. Resin

LucrOit filters are made in Germany, of that awesome German glass. You could also go with resin filters. They’re definitely cheaper. But I know me – I’ll scratch resin in a heartbeat. And once you do that, your filter is useless. I just really like glass, always have. Maybe it’s the old time photographer in me, I dunno. But there was just no question between the two materials.


A Few Images

These filters are still new on the market, consequently I haven’t been using them for very long. I’ll certainly add more images as I created them!

Paris, France
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 6-stop ND filter, 100mm simple filter holder
ISO640, f/7.1, 27 secs.

With this, I was digging the tones that my filters were giving me at the Louvre in Paris one evening. On this one, it was getting a bit too dark for filters, but I wanted to push it as far as I could. So, to keep the exposure at 30 secs or less, I moved the ISO up to 640, dropped my aperture down to f/7.1 (still plenty of depth of field) and settled for a bit of ruffle in the water. I often don’t mind the water not being 100% smooth… it proves it’s actually an organic substance! Plus, I like some texture.

Lake Tahoe, CA
Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 6-stop ND filter, 100mm simple filter holder
ISO 200, f/16, 3.1 secs.

Lake Tahoe, CA
Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 6-stop ND filter, 100mm simple filter holder
ISO 200, f/11, 1.7 secs.

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