Neutral density filters can transform your photography in ways you’d never imagine. Check out this side by side comparison of a photo taken at the same location with and without a long exposure:
The photographer used a 10-stop solid ND filter to capture the details in the shadow area while retaining a lot of details in the sky. The long exposure helped him to capture motion blur both in the water and the clouds. Along with the filter, his camera settings were f/11, 141 seconds, and ISO 100.
Though some post-processing may have been involved, this is still some transformation, isn’t it? It really goes to show what a ND filter and waiting for the golden hour can do for your imagery.
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