When photographing rivers, a challenge is to make exposures of the other river….the one seen in reflections, unusual juxtapositions, etc….an almost parallel universe. In looking for these images I find that getting a bit wet via a tumble on a slippery rock, or stepping in a pool that is immediately known as over the top of my boot, are usually prerequisites for success. This was the case yesterday, when working on Lost Creek in Bayfield County, WI. A sideways step and a rushing trout creek cold reminder to wring my sock out before continuing the pursuit of images. A nice brisk awakening in 38 F air temps.
I ordered a ten stop neutral density filter (Bay 60) for my Hasselblad lenses from BH Photo over two months ago. In checking with them last week, they expect Heliopan to deliver it to them during the first few weeks of October. It was a special order item, so I have expected this wait. Pricey too, as are all Heliopan Filters-this one setting me back $240. A necessity for slowing down exposures ten stops when working with moving water and moderate to faster speed films (to get that smooth and creamy look from exposures many minutes in duration).
“No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.” —Proverb