The Hoya ND1000 is my favourite filter to use. My entire style of photography has developed through experimenting with long exposures. Have you ever wondered how the water looks like silk on waterfalls ? or why the sea looks so peaceful ? 9/10 its due to a long exposure. An ND filter limits the amount of light picked up by the camera. This in turn allows for a longer exposure. This can create some great dramatic effects and supernatural looks to a photograph.
The ND1000 is a 10 stop filter and is currently the strongest ND that Hoya produce. There is a slight colourcast with the filter which is the case for most 10 stop filters. This is easily corrected if you shoot in Raw using Lightroom and the White balance and temperature correction tools.
It is essential that you use a tripod when shooting with an ND filter as the camera will need to be still for however long the exposure is set to. I thoroughly recommend purchasing a set of ND filters and experiment in different situations. Its great fun 🙂
To get the most out of your ND filter it is always best to use them with fast moving clouds and moving water.
The clouds on were moving quickly which adds real drama to the shot when used with an ND filter.
The ND filter gives that impression of stillness on the water and brings out the clarity.
Again the ND filter in this shot smoothed out the water but added some real drama through the clouds.