Being that bright, and attempting to expose all of this correctly would be a feat. Would not be easy to nail exposure in this scenario by any means.
I often will use metering as a guide, and not an absolute. What does that mean? I'll meter on the sails, make a mental note of roughly what the settings need to be in order to expose it correctly. Same thing for the sky. Then I'll setup somewhere in the middle, but probably dialed-down favoring a darker subject and foreground as to avoid blowing out the sky. Lock that exposure. After I've dialed-in, I'd apply the grad, even if I already had a CPL on (being that bright, I probably would have a CPL on by default). I know I have a better chance of recovering detail from those sails then I will by absolutely blowing-out the sky. This is not a set in stone text book thing, and there's probably better ways, it's just how I'd approach it. Take it for what it's worth.
Titus213 wrote in post #16871202
If you think about how an ND grad works you probably wouldn't use one anyway. The sail extends up well into the sky so it would have been adversely impacted by the filter.
True, but as I said, I'd have a better chance of recovering the sails in post than I would the sky. In the end, yes, this is a difficult shot.