A new technique: Long exposures with filters / by Lawrence Eagling

Until recently I have not had much opportunity to experiment with filters in my photography. Last Christmas I received a Cokin P kit for my Nikon with a wide holder to suit the 16 mm – 35 mm lens, but at that time the maximum ND filter Cokin produced was only 3 stops, which was not enough to sufficiently slow the motion of water in bright sunlight. I know that I could have swapped to the LEE filter system or used a third party filter; however, the former is very expensive and the latter can have issues with colour casts. Then recently Cokin introduced the Nuances range of glass ND filters and I was fortunate enough to get the 10 stop version for my birthday last week. Due to wet weather there has been limited opportunities to get out but at the weekend there was a break in the rain and a quick walk by the River Lagan provided the perfect opportunity for the first shots using the new filter. I was very pleased with the first results (taken with the Fuji XT1 and XF 23mm) and I am looking forward to many more trips, watch this space!