Went out for a practice this morning to keep my hand in, the fog was rising off the canals and rivers. Sorry it's another waterscape, I just need to keep my hand in on something I like doing. I thought people might like to see it.
Simply amazingly awesome! It is always a pleasure to see your work, which is always of a high standard. I really like the shafts of light coming though the tree branches hitting the misty fog. Another one for the favourites.
no kidding. What brand of filters do you use? I have used some cheap ones off ebay which i have used a fair bit for my photography but havent really put the money towards some good ones. I did buy a nd8 graduated with a holder which all up cost me $200, was cokin, and the holder itself showed up at 17mm so i took it back. I really like how this image turned out with the sun rays, that is why i clicked on it in the first place! ill check out some of your other works. keep shooting
I started off with a set of Cokin's a few years back but I hated the magenta cast on their budget P-series, plus the p-series holder only goes up to 80mm rings I believe. You need a stepper for for using bigger diameter lenses and then you risk serious vingette on anything lower than 20mm focal and with wide-angles often having 75mm plus diameters that's a serious killer.
I only use Lee Filters, my hero David Noton uses them and plus they're made in the UK so I support a UK company. A set of 3 ND soft grads is about £180, plus you need their 100mm ( foundation kit ) holder ( about £65 ) and finally a ring for each lens and they're only about £40 each. I have a set of soft grads, two square NDs ( 1 and 2 stop ), a 10 stop "big stopper" and Lee's circular polarizer, which I really should use more often than I have. With the CPR on the front and going down past 20mm I do get some minor vingette as the CP screws on the front of the holder. Lee also make a bellows for the front of the holder so you don't have to faff about when you get incidental light hitting at a funny angle.
I love the contrast and very slight warming tones you get from a set of Lee's, especially when you stack them. Using them on their own gives a nice subtle contrast, it's obviously down to what's needed. I love getting deep contrast in my skies hence I almost always shoot with 2+3 stop pair of soft grads. Better to have what you need at shoot time as even though RAW is damn good at recovery it's not perfect and should never be relied on to save a poorly shot image. I've found that too much recovery introduces nasty artifacts where the software algorithms work too hard to generate missing data in the "damaged" areas.
The one I would love to get is a Singh-Ray Reverse ND. The sunlight is strongest as it comes over the horizon, which is dead centre and no grads will deal with it. Singh-Ray make an ND that is the opposite, with the darker glass in the centre of the frame and blank on the lower portions, fading from dark upwards from the centre. Singh-Ray are bloody expensive, their standard NDs start at around $250 each!