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ND Filters

PR 10 181 England
7 Oct 2009 2:00PM
I have recently been having a go at taking shots of moving water using a slow shutter speed to blur the water and get that cotton wool effect, but due to the excessive amount of light during the day I have been overexposing the image.
Time to purchase an ND filter I thought!
But what strength do I get, bearing in mind I dont want a camera bag full of filters.
So really my question is which would be the most versatile:
0.3, 0.6 or 0.9 (please dont say get all three).

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Nickscape 11 708 9 England
7 Oct 2009 2:13PM
Just get a 0.9 if your trying to shoot during the day, that might not be strong enough for bright light so it normally best to shoot waterfalls when the sunlight isnt so strong and is broken up a little by the trees.
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2009 2:15PM
0.3 = 1 stop difference
0.6 = 2 stop difference
0.9 = 3 stop difference

On average how overexposed are your shots?
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2009 2:18PM
Assuming that you are shooting from a tripod - go for the 0.9.

As you are shooting waterfalls, then I would advise getting polarisor first.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
7 Oct 2009 3:09PM
0.9 ND, polariser and an overcast but evenly bright day should see you right.
PR 10 181 England
7 Oct 2009 7:54PM

Quote:0.3 = 1 stop difference
0.6 = 2 stop difference
0.9 = 3 stop difference

On average how overexposed are your shots?

Some are really overexposed, and some are just a bit over.
Sorry, I did'nt mention I have got a CPL filter.
Thanks to all for the advice.
John_Wannop 13 95 Wales
7 Oct 2009 8:03PM
Have a look at one of these link . I was going to get one but spent the money on something else.

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