So long story short, I want more experience using an ND filter and will be going to California in July and will finally have my chance. We have enough spots around Colorado, but with our little girl it gets more difficult to get out. So I just have my basic equipment, but some questions on a proper filter and general landscape technique.
So I bought a 10 stop ND grad awhile back. Nothing of exceptional quality, just an ICE ND grad
I really haven’t had a decent chance to use it, but I feel like I’ve gained a lot more knowledge about using it properly, now I Just have to get out and use it in areas where ill really notice it, (ocean etc) So my first question really is just on general quality. I know I really haven’t had much use with the ICE filter I bought like 6 months ago, so I know someone could say “Use it first and see how it works for you” However, since I’ll be going to CA and it would be my first time at the ocean do I want to take a chance on quality or do (should) I buy something where I’ve seen results here on the forum? For instance I’ve seen a lot of people using the Haida filter
1. Also, what about incorporating an ND Grad? I bought a very generic package of square filters that I really don’t want to use, but what about looking at something like a Cokin set? I only ask because I see how apparently easy it is to adjust the depth of the grad ND compared to a circular. Is there a cheaper alternative vs getting a Lee Big stopper system… (although I do like the Lee big stopper) and would like that as well, but my budget is only around $150-200
2. Regarding lenses, all I have is my Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS…. And my 70-200 2.8 Obviously ill bring the Sigma and just practice with that since it’s my first time putting my knowledge to use. Do I have a cheap alternative like a Tokin or something that is around $200? Or just use the Sigma for practice?
3. I have an app to determine proper exposure with the 10 sotp, but if im adding a grad ND I just add the additional stops to my total time correct?
4. If I have a scene where I want movement say in the clouds but I want the ocean still I would do do exposures with tripod of course and then blend in PP right?
5. If I have a scene where I want the waves crashing on a rock in the foreground, would the 10 stops be too much since it would be such a fast motion? Are there better times where having a 10, 8, 4 etc would make more sense?
6. I guess that’s all, I just want to be prepared with better quality filters that are within budget of around $150.
Thank you Everyone!