Beautiful B&W's Created With 16 Stops of ND Filters

Beautiful B&W's Created With 16 Stops of ND Filters

When I first started to get into photography i came across Joel Tjintjelaar's work. It was because of him I bought a 10 stop ND filter. Joel creates these masterpieces by using B+W ND110 & ND106 filters, and in most of his new work he is stacking the two filters to achieve 16 stops. By doing this most of his exposures are 5 to 10 minutes long. Joel uses a Canon 7D, a variety of lenses, and Lightroom 3.0, PS CS5, Silver Efex Pro 2 for post process.
"I love Black and White photography because with the removal of color the essence of objects, situations, sceneries and people can become more visible. Can become more visible because it's up to you what you do with contrasts, light, shapes and lines to emphasize the essence, or what you see as the essence - no colors that will seduce the eye, only emotion that will capture the heart. If you do it right...
I don't believe in SOOC shots. I believe in the artistic result and in the visualization of the artist of how he/she sees the world. A camera is just a piece of hardware with no mind, no soul, no artisticity, just an object that records a situation, unbiased and emotionless. I'm not interested in the vision of a piece of hardware, I'm only interested in the vision of the artist with a mind and soul, who will alter the image to his reality. It's the difference between photography and art." Visit Joel's Flickr or website to view more of his work. He also teaches workshops.

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zkfilms's picture

Spectacular images !

RUSS's picture


Wow this crazy amazing

Tam Nguyen's picture

Fine art at its best.

Saad Hafiz's picture

Why does he need such long exposures? Amazing images!

Dafydd Owen's picture

Because he has such strong ND filtering.

He could alternatively use less ND and shorter exposure times - but the long exposure time also blurs various aspects like water or clouds.

Mike Kelley's picture

This is art...making, not taking.

Lee Workman's picture

Why is is not taking?

Saad: cause he's stacking 16 stops worth of filters on his lens? :)
And to achieve the surreal skies of course.

W van de Kletersteeg's picture

Truly, truly amazing shots. Where photography definitely becomes art.

Luke Lee's picture

amazing photos. just beautiful

Abdullah's picture

Pure Awesomeness!!!

ajmills's picture

Some stunning photos there!

Jack London's picture

Woah!!! That was absolutely amazing... thanks for sharing!


amazing work

Geoff Lister's picture

Absolutely love the way he's manipulated fog to cloak his scene in the last two images.

Paul Howell's picture


So I undertand that he is also shooting with a full close diafragm? ia mean F22? + the ND filters?? 
I really love to have a large print of that in my house!!

Dafydd Owen's picture

Not necessarily.

You can see Exif on some of the Flickr photos e.g. f4.5 on this one :

Pablo's picture

This is because of the 5MF8 rule wich says no matter the ND or the camera you have, your settings should be F8 and 5 minutes exposure to achieve this sof effect


Jasper Verolme's picture

wow seeing my hometown from a whole different perspective. 

JPGodwin's picture

The first ones are excellent, but they kind of get weak after the bench. 

Rob C's picture

It it unknown to many exactly what you can do with a stack of high valued ND Filters, thanks for showing us !

In still photos the long shutter eliminates movement but in IR Video, with a sensitive Imager, the reverse is true.

Here is an IR Video taken at noon using 18 stops of ND filtration:

Canon XA-10 Daylight IR Test

Ad Astra Comunicazione's picture

by the way, do not forget that shutting at f/22 or more is problematic if you aren't on film, cause of diffraction!!
I will try on B/W 6x7 with my Sinar P2 and f/64 + my Lee filter set (1+1+2+2+3+3 stops) 12 stops ;)

Spy Black's picture

On some of these shots I can understand the use of a long shutter. On others, like the stringed instrument/architectural component(?), it's a waste of time.

Mike Kelley's picture

Stringed instrument? lol, you mean the Zakim bridge?

Spy Black's picture

Yeah I wasn't sure what that was. Did not benefit from the technique at all.

Coco's picture

how do you say that shot did not benefit from the exposure? the subtlety of the clouds behind the bridge is a major component to this shot--and all of his photography.  This could not be achieved (consistently) without the same exposure. Completely necessary technique--again, looking to consistency across his body of work.

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