Bryan Hansel Waterfall Polarizer


The Bryan Hansel Waterfall Polarizer is a completely new and different type of filter designed specifically for taking photographs of waterfalls.  The Bryan Hansel Waterfall Polarizer puts the power of a polarizer and a Solid ND Filter to work for you. The Bryan Hansel Waterfall Polarizer is a single, easy-to-love filter — eliminating the need to stack! This new filter makes it easier than ever to capture heart-stopping images of silky waterfalls and river rapids, without any of the potential hurdles from stacking filters, such as light-leakage and vignetting.

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“Photographers love the silky look, and being able to achieve it brings a smile to my students’ faces every time. That silky look changes the emotional impact of their shot. With the silky look, the image feels more peaceful and calming, which are some of the emotions we experience when visiting waterfalls.”  ~ Bryan Hansel

Bryan noted that during his workshops, the most sought-after technique most of his students want to learn is how to make rushing water from waterfalls appear silky, and convey a calming emotion to the viewer, similar to the calming effect one feels when they’re in front of a waterfall in real life. On an overcast day, a polarizer will give a shutter speed of somewhere between 1/30thto a 1/8thof a second. And while that might look perfect on a fast-moving waterfall, they produce a look that’s somewhere between an action-packed, stop-action look and the silky look they’re trying to get.  That in-between look lacks either the calming emotional impact of the silky look or the powerful feel of stopped action.

In the past, photographers have stacked multiple filters to get that ethereal, soothing feel in their waterfall photos, but not anymore. With the Bryan Hansel Waterfall Filter, you can use a single filter to enhance the scene while simultaneously silkening the water.

Quick Tips

  • Depending on polarization/rotation, you’ll get between approximately 3.5 and 5.5 stops of ND with the Waterfall Polarizer.
  • If you plan on using a wide-angle lens, buy the thin-mount version.
  • If it’s dark outside, the camera may have trouble focusing through the Waterfall Polarizer. Try a different focus point, turn the polarizer to the minimum effect or take off the polarizer (I recommend XUME Quick Release Magnetic Rings), focus and then turn off your focus system and take the shot.
  • When shooting ultra-wide, only part of the waterfall/river may polarize. Rotate the filter until you get the effect you want.
  • Waterfalls shoot best on overcast or rainy days, use the Waterfall Polarizer to add contrast, remove reflections and increase color saturation.

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