Here is something I have been meaning to share, but always forgot to post.

Read here to Learn all about Grad ND filters

Rectangular Grad ND's start out around $35 a piece and go up to $150 or more.

What you might not know is that you already own one.

For this exposure I used my black glove as a grad ND. Believe it or not this technique works awesome. A black piece of card stock will work also.

Basically I just placed my glove in front of the lens blocking the sky and highlight areas in the mid ground for the majority of the long exposure. For last 1/3rd to 1/4th of the exposure duration I removed my glove so it would expose the sky and highlight areas. You will have to experiment with this to determine how long you need to block the bright areas of the image.

The key to this is to keep the glove moving, essentially feathering the "Grad ND" line so the transition is smooth. Also, you will want to make sure to not bump or move the lens.

Fast and Frozen

Without using a Grad ND, Black Glove or Card, the exposure would look like this.

No ND Used / Over Exposed
HBRstudios 9 years ago
Like dodging a print in a darkroom.
ectro 9 years ago
wow that is a really interesting technique that I'll have to try sometime. For the top photo, did you keep the glove over the sky portion for the longest period of time?
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 9 years ago
Yup, Over the sky and the top left water.
MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina Posted 9 years ago. Edited by MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina (admin) 9 years ago
makes sense.. It's called Dodging in the darkroom. As HBR said. Never thought to do it with digital. Thanks Shawn.
Becca Wigchers 9 years ago
I am so excited to go out and try this tomorrow.
thank you!
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
Wow. Great tip, Shawn. I need to go try this!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
I tried it and it works splendidly. If you look closely in this picture you can see a darkened area on the rock wall....that was my finger!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
Ahhhhhhhh....there we go. 3rd try is a charm.
Nice work!
Anna Merritt 9 years ago
nice work for both of you!!!
The Jer 9 years ago
that's a pretty great tip Shawn. gonna give that a try.
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