zen.tog.ra.phy: rhythm in reflection

Recently after returning from a weekend workshop, we stopped in the lazy lakeside town of Harbor Springs Michigan.

As I strolled along the pier on that warm fall day, I found myself drawn to the reflections on the water.


The more I stopped and studied, the more patterns I saw in the water below.


I started to feel a rhythm in the water and wind, and magically patterns appeared again and again.


The rhythm I felt in the reflections below would come and go as the west winds blow.

I look forward to returning to this charming town, to see what other treasures are to be found.

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Flowing Water and Neutral Density Filters.

With fall color and flowing water shooting season upon us, this is a good time to talk about using ND filters.

Mighty Mac image captured midday with a 5 stop Breakthrough Photography ND filter.

What are ND or Neutral Density Filters?

ND filters reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor. Kind of like a welder wearing a welders mask.

By reducing the light reaching the sensor, it will allow you to shoot at lower shutter speeds allowing for longer or slower exposures.

This image was captured in late afternoon sun on my Vanguard tripod at 15 seconds with a 10 stop ND filter.

By shooting for 15 seconds, it allowed me to achieve the silky or milky flowing effect.

They make many different types of ND filters with different strengths or “stops” ranging from 3, 5, 10, and variable.

I will go over the different filter options and types of filters in my next blog.

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