Use a 16 stop ND Filter to Make People & Cars DISAPPEAR!!


In this video, I demonstrate how to take a photo of a scene that will magically filter out the cars and people that might be moving through the scene. This is easily done by using a 16-stop ND filter. This video is meant as a companion video to another video I did where I go into greater detail on how to do long exposure photography using an ND Filter. You can view that video by CLICKING HERE.

Without any filter on my camera lens and my camera in Aperture Priority Mode, I was getting a Shutter speed of 1/200th using an aperture of F8.0 and an iso of 64. Using the app, NDTimer, I entered the shutter speed, 1/200sec, and the number of stop, ND filter that I was using — ND timer told me that with the 16-stop filter, I needed an exposure of 5-minutes, 27-seconds.

I put the filter on the camera, changed to Manual Mode from Aperture Priority Mode using the settings of F8.0, iso: 64 and the shutter in Bulb Mode. I used a remote shutter release (info below) that allowed me to time out the 5:27 exposure. One press of the release opens my camera’s shutter and a timer increments on the remote, when it reaches, 5:27, I press the button on the release again to end the exposure.

Gear Used:

Firecrest by Formatt Hitech – 16-Stop ND Filter (77mm):

Make sure you get the correct size to fit your lens — they also have them in several different square sizes but they cost considerably more.

The remote timer I used:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Nikon D850 D810 D700 D500 D3 D4 D5 D4s N90s and Fujifilm Kodak Cameras:

Here is the same remote timer for other model cameras:

Pixel TW-283/90 Wireless Shutter Release for Fuji Timer Remote for
Fujifilm GFX50S/X-Pro2/X-T1/X-T20/X-T10/X-E2S/X-E2/X-M1/X-A10/X-A3/X-A2/X-A1/X100F/X100T/X70/X30/XQ2/XQ1/Finex S1:

PIXEL Wired or Wireless Timer Shutter Remote Control for
Nikon D5200 D3100 D5000 D7200 D600 D610 D750 D3200 D3300 Cameras:

PIXEL TW283E3 Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Canon EOS R 700D/T5i 650D/T4i 550D/T2i 500D/T1i 350D/XT 400D/XTi 1000D/XS 450D/XSi 60D 100D and Pentax:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Canon 7D Series, 5D Series, 50D, 40D, 30D, 10D:

PIXEL FSK 2.4GHz Wireless Shutter Remote Release Control for
Sony Micro Single Digital Camera a58 NEX-3NL A7 A7R A7II A7RII A75 A3000 A6000 NX300 RX100II:

Pixel TW-283 S1/S2 Wireless Shutter Release Timer Remote Control for
Sony A300 A350 A400 A450 A500 A550 A560 A580 A700 A850 A900 A33 A35 A37 A55 A57 A65 A67 A77 A99 A58 A7 A7II A7R A7RII A7S A3000:

Nikon D850:
Nikon 28-300mm F3.5-5.6 Lens:
Vanguard Tripod:
Siriu Ballhead:
Peak Design Everyday 30L Backpack:

Video Gear Used:

Nikon Z6:
Nikon Z 24-70mm F4.0 Lens:
MeFOTO Travel Tripod:
K&F Concept 72mm 5-Stop Variable ND Filter:

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