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Sep 08, 2009 03:46 |  #1

After trying the GND filters, I start to think the most reliable way to capture these sunset (sunrise) shots is to auto bracket exposures and then manually blended in PS.

This one was done with 0.9+0.6 GNDs.

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Sep 08, 2009 04:22 |  #2

Looks like a nice shot to me. I prefer filters myself but some people like to blend exposures, I guess there's really no right or wrong way to do it, it's just what works best for you.


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Sep 08, 2009 10:52 |  #3

Pretty cool Ben. I agree with Daniel. Blending is too much work for me and you have toaccurately blend the photo to get the desired result. From what I see here, the blend doesn't look clean enough but, what do I know. I never blend my images. :)




  
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Sep 08, 2009 13:23 |  #4

Thanks Daniel and Julian. I have just not fallen in love with the filters yet. It's a hassle to use them. It produces vignetting too. Maybe next time I should try to hold them with hands.


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Sep 08, 2009 14:04 |  #5

Beautiful capture!


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Sep 08, 2009 14:35 |  #6

lostid wrote in post #8606039 (external link)
Thanks Daniel and Julian. I have just not fallen in love with the filters yet. It's a hassle to use them. It produces vignetting too. Maybe next time I should try to hold them with hands.

You have to patient Ben. :) Do you have the wide angle filter adapter? If you do this should move the holder closer to the lens. The other thing I can recommend is to remove one of the filter slots to prevent vignetting. The other thing I can think of is to remove the last spacer from the bottom. This will even prevent more vignetting.




  
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Sep 08, 2009 14:44 |  #7

Cyclop wrote in post #8606270 (external link)
Beautiful capture!

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You have to patient Ben. :) Do you have the wide angle filter adapter? If you do this should move the holder closer to the lens. The other thing I can recommend is to remove one of the filter slots to prevent vignetting. The other thing I can think of is to remove the last spacer from the bottom. This will even prevent more vignetting.

Thanks for the advice Julian. Yes I have the Lee holder and the adapter ring. I will remove one of the spacers. The thing bothers me is the two Hitech filters came with not exactly the same size. While the 0.6 HD fits pretty tight, the 0.9 SE fits loose and can come off if I shake it a few times.

Used to remeber the days when I didn't have the filters I just auto bracketed the exposures - 1, 2, 3 - boon! :lol:


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Sep 08, 2009 14:51 |  #8

I think you should step up to the Lee filters. You'll never have those issues like your having with the Hitechs.




  
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Sep 08, 2009 15:08 |  #9

jdizzle wrote in post #8606554 (external link)
I think you should step up to the Lee filters. You'll never have those issues like your having with the Hitechs.

Yeah if I knew this is an issue I would have bought the Lee filters instead. The reason I went with the Hitech was because I was told both produce images with the same quality.


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Sep 08, 2009 16:46 as a reply to  @ lostid's post |  #10

Lovely photo and PP work. I'm a filter guy and this photo with the straight horizon jumped out at me as being perfect for my Singh-Ray RGND. Of course, I'm pretty lazy. But if your Hitechs aren't working for you, with your skills you deserve to take the plunge for better GNDs.


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Sep 08, 2009 19:02 |  #11

Randy1213 wrote in post #8607202 (external link)
Lovely photo and PP work. I'm a filter guy and this photo with the straight horizon jumped out at me as being perfect for my Singh-Ray RGND. Of course, I'm pretty lazy. But if your Hitechs aren't working for you, with your skills you deserve to take the plunge for better GNDs.


Thanks Randy.

I heard from people that if there is only one GND filter to own it is the Singh-Ray RGND. I was actually weighting the decision between the RGND and the comb (0.6HE+0.9SE) and finally decided to go with the latter. I think you never know the difference until you try. :D


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Sep 08, 2009 19:43 as a reply to  @ lostid's post |  #12

Now that is an AWESOME shot!bw!


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Sep 08, 2009 21:52 |  #13

Pardon my ignorance having never used a GND. Is it the filter that made the land mass on the left-side horizon flat grey? If so, is that another thing that bothers you about the filters or is it more the operation of them?


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Sep 08, 2009 22:08 |  #14

kito109654 wrote in post #8608847 (external link)
Pardon my ignorance having never used a GND. Is it the filter that made the land mass on the left-side horizon flat grey? If so, is that another thing that bothers you about the filters or is it more the operation of them?

A GND is a graduated neutral density filter. It reduces the exposure gradually from darker to lighter in half of the filter. And Marcy didn't use one. On sunsets/sunsrises shot in landscape orientation (like these pics), it would not create a difference from the left to the right but from top to bottom. You line up the change in density along the horizon, typically. Hope that helps.


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Sep 09, 2009 00:24 as a reply to  @ Randy1213's post |  #15

Beautiful shot!...is this North Shore??


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