Los Angeles River after a storm

Los Angeles River after a winter rain.
  Los Angeles River after a winter rain, color version.


Took a nature walk after work today down to the good ol' Los Angeles River/Catheter. Brought along my new Hoya nine-stop neutral density filter to see how it worked -- as the river was finally flowing at more than a trickle. 



Verdict: pretty cool! The filter allows you to shoot at slow shutter speeds, which is great for smoothing out water or getting silky, interesting skies. The above shots were taken at f/8 for 15 seconds at ISO 100 with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon DX 10-24mm wide angle lens. 

Black-and-white or color version?  I like them both but favor the b&w a tad more. I made that version in the demo version of Silver Efex Pro2 from NIK. The color version was processed in Lightroom 4 with VSCO film presets. 

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--S.H. 

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