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Alternative to reverse grad nd filter?

 
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Sep 22, 2017 10:25 |  #1

So...ive been using my Lee system with a Big Stopper for a year. I just received my .9 soft and hard GNDs a couple of days ago, so I am yet to use them.

So here is the question...

Is it acceptable to use a normal GND flipped upside down and use as a reverse GND? The darker top would be upside down and sitting at the horizon line darkening the low sun. The fade would go upwards into the clear part of the filter which would be sticking way above the filter holder. With that said, would the filter edge be too noticeable at the horizon line? Essentially, half of the sensor would be shooting through the filter since it is upside down.

I mean....i know I can do whatever I want, just wondering if people do it instead of buying an actual reverse grad.


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Sep 22, 2017 13:22 |  #2

Hey Ryan-

I tried this technique. The edge was too hard and clearly noticeable. I also tried to move the filter in front of the lens in an attempt to blur the hard line...didn't work, and I got a couple of new scratches. Also, I found that doing all of this while the "good light" was fading was also frustrating. As far as filters go, there really is no substitute for the ease and effectiveness of using the right filter at the right time.




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Sep 22, 2017 13:29 |  #3

Not to mention that if the light hits the edge of the filter at the right angle it will be very obvious in the image.


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Sep 22, 2017 14:28 |  #4

ah...thanks for the feedback guys.


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