Welding Glass

Long Exposure

This is a project that took a little bit of prep for. I had been trying to find a way to get into long exposure photography for a while now. The process basically requires a filter in front of the lens that blocks the light. This then allows the shutter to remain open for long periods of time even in the middle of the day. There are quite a few consequences of doing this. It is a double edged sword that can swing both ways. In this series I was going for one of the simpler effects with waterfalls.
In setting up this process I researched several ways to do this. The professional way is to have a filter set with an attachment for the camera. It is basically a large plate of dark neutral colored glass that slides into an attachment securely screwed onto the lens. That setup could easily cost $600+. Having never done this before I was hesitant to invest in that setup. I discovered that you can purchase welding glass and a bag of rubber bands at home depot for about 10 bucks. The downside is that the photos come out of the camera all green.
I spent a few afternoons playing with this setup and perfecting the editing process to get the color back into the photos. Black and white would work incredibly well with this but none of the photos in this series really looked well in black and white. But it is a solution that I have been eager to try. Once I got the color system down though it wasn’t very hard to apply it to multiple photographs.
In the following photographs I wasn’t trying to do something that hasn’t ever been done. But I was trying to work the process. Perfect the system. There is a lot of room for more experiments with this process and I am looking forward to trying new things as the opportunities arise. I wanted to provide both the unedited and the final picture with this set because I don’t think you would really get the reality that I was working with unless you actually see it for yourself. Sort of a before and after set. Also for those out there that have taken pictures of these falls before you know how hard it is to get the full waterfall into the pictures. I felt that in itself was a small victory.