LucrOit ND 3.0 (10-stop) 100x100mm Filter

LucrOit ND 3.0 (10 stops) 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 10-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter is my baby! It replaces my Lee 10-stop (Big Stopper). The glass (IMO) is better and a bit thicker, so I don’t worry about breaking it so much. I’m a little bit of a fumbler when it comes to fussing with gear, so the sturdier the better for me!

This 10-stop ND filter is my go-to for bringing the light WAY down and smoothing down water when it’s just too bright to do it with my native camera settings. I can make daylight seem like night if I want to – although for that, I’d like need to combine filters. I love using this one at sunset, to enrich the tones and smooth water. Or on bright days when photographing rivers (or any water full of glare) and the water is so bright the highlights blow out no matter how much you stop the camera down. That’s when a 10-stop filter really shines. I use this one ALOT. I’ll even use it as light wanes… simply because I like the effect it lends to water and tones.

I use my 10-stop filter mostly for landscape images. But have been known to whip it out for certain cityscape moments, like this one in Paris..

Point is, filters are super fun creative tools: they do things that nothing else can. For me, the big ticket was finding a holder situation that I could tolerate working with. LucrOit won that lottery hands-down for me personally… 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

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

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter, 100mm simple filter holder
ISO200, f/20, 10 secs.

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

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter + GND 2-stop filter in a 100mm simple filter holder
ISO200, f/22, 4.5 secs.

Lake Tahoe, CA
Fujifilm X-T20, 50-140mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter  in a 100mm simple filter holder
ISO200, f/6.4, 30 secs.

 

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