Understanding ND filters, when to use, when NOT to use, etc...

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Understanding ND filters, when to use, when NOT to use, etc...

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, I stopped at the local camera store in town, and asked about ND filters for my Nikon D3500 DSLR (which I brought with me).  The clerk noticed I had the small DX 35mm f/1.8G prime lens on.  I explained that it is my favorite, go anywhere, do anything, type of lens.  Getting to the point, the clerk got out some 52mm filters, and sold me a Promaster Variable 2-9 stop ND filter.

I quickly ventured over to one of the public parks with one of those water fountains in a small pond.  I setup my tripod on the wooden overlook/fishing pier, and focused squarely on the fountain at a shutter speed of 1/2 second, and very very carefully and steadily pressed the shutter button.

What do you think for a very first attempt at blurring a fountain with an ND filter?  How dark can I go and/or how slow a shutter can I go?

 ButchA61's gear list:ButchA61's gear list
Nikon D3500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon D3500
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