shamlyn wrote in post #16735248
Tareq: First of all, your pictures in your gallery are beautiful. Some of the images you have gotten are mind blowing. I plan on buying the B+W MRC 110 Filter, but my question to you is what Grad ND Filters do you use the most? 0.6, 0.9, 1.2?
As a first time Grad ND Filter buyer and user, I was thinking about going with the the following:
Also, I am planning on going with Lee Filters.
Should I also go with the 1.2 either the Hard or Soft Grad ND Filter? Which would you recommend.
Thank you very much, Scott, i appreciate that.
Honestly speaking, in the past i was using 1.2GND soft a lot, maybe around 95%, but later i start to use 0.9GND soft more often, then tried 0.9 GND HE, i also have 1.2GND hard edge, but in fact that most one i was using was 1.2GND soft then followed by 0.9 GND soft, third was 1.2 soft edge, i go with 1.2 more than 0.9 because i wanted more dramatic sky even it is not that much stop between 0.9 and 1.2 [1 stop], in my country the sun is strong enough even with clouds.
All depend on where and when you shoot, i can shoot with 1.2 or 0.9 on same scene and i will not see much big difference in exposure, at the end i ending with correcting little with Photoshop, using 0.9 or 1.2 is to save details on the blown out sky, if you can do that with 0.9 or 1.2 or even 0.6 then this is the key, but i will tell you that 99% you will go with 1.2 and 0.9 for the sky, and 0.3-0.6 for the foreground or water, so i think if you want buy both, go with 1.2 GND soft and 0.6 GND soft, and when you combine both so 0.6 is bottom and 1.2 is bottom this will give you good balanced for the whole scene.
Sirrith wrote in post #16735525
I agree with the 0.9GND recommendation. Soft is a good place to start.
However, I don't think you should say >3 stops is too much for water. It doesn't depend on the strength of your filter, it all depends on your exposure time, and you can easily get the same exposure time with a 3 stop as you can with a 2 stop.
Fairly often when I'm shooting during the day, I'll find that 3 stops is the weakest ND I want for water, because any weaker and I'd have to stop down from say, f8 to f11, or from f11 to f16, which increases diffraction.
For a GND, 2 stops is appealing to me, but not for an ND.
Well. in fact i was wrong that i didn't complete my post, but i was thinking that he might using ND with GND, so in this case he add that 3 stops for example to that 2 stops of ND, ending with 5 stops, 2 stops for foreground or some water surfaces are fine, i always use lowest ISO [50-100] with f8-f11 and can have slow shutter speed with only 2stop ND, and i said it should be a start, and many times it was enough, but i know some like you may be in situations where even 3 stops is not enough at all, just everybody should ask self how many times they are in situations where 2-3 stops are not enough at all.
Also, i bought cheap ND filters 4x4, i can buy even 5 filters of different stops of that cheap brand and still didn't waste a lot of money, i bought their 0.9 and 1.5 ND for less than $150, i will buy their 1.8 too and maybe something like 0.3/2.4 as well just to have collection, cheap, so if someone want to buy so expensive brand filter of ND then i will start with 0.6ND.
Yesterday i went out to the beach, i did shoot the see with 0.6ND and 1.2GND soft and CPL [ND and CPL are from LEE, GND is 3rd party], and the results were amazing fantastic, here is one of those results:
the filters order from closer to the lens to further:
0.6ND[LEE] + 1.2GND soft[3rd party] + CPL 4x4[LEE]