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A Neutral Density Filter (ND filter) is a round piece of dark glass that you can screw on to your lens to limit the amount of light that gets to the sensor so you can use a larger aperture or a longer exposure.
Photo by: Paul Bica | License: Attribution 2.0 Generic
In the end it means you get to make pretty blurs in the daytime like in this photo above.
I was looking for a ND filter for my Minolta lens of 49mm diameter and I couldn’t find any shops that posted to France for a reasonable price. All of them asked for almost the price of the filter to send it so that would double the price.
So, I have to wait to get the ND filter I want. *sad face*
In the meantime I read this cool article about creating your own with two polarizing filters and I’m going to try it out. I just ordered the filters on ebay and now I’m crossing my fingers that the french mail doesn’t screw this one up. I’m sure it will be fine.
I’ll keep you posted about this experiment. Can’t wait to try it!
Here is one more great photo that uses a ND filter:
Photo by: annabelleny | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.
This week the theme is Breaking the Rule of Thirds.
The rule of thirds is one of the first things you became aware as a young photographer or visual artist. It’s a rule that helps you in the composition of your pictures to make them instantly more pleasing to the eye by arranging the elements of the picture along some of the four lines, instead of just centering the subject.
This picture ilustrates this concept very well:
Photo by: Moondigger | License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic
You can read more about it in this Wikipedia article.
These next photos, although not abandoning altogether the concept of rule of thirds, are great examples of beautiful pictures that somewhat break the rule. Enjoy!