© 2012 Alan Mackenzie.
It pays great dividends to photograph landscapes during the right weather and lighting conditions. When high quality neutral density graduated filters are used, the RAW files look 'almost ready' for publication. This photograph of the Seven Sisters on the south coast of England, demonstrates my new found love of natural colours and tones. When a photograph is already complete, there is no need for over-saturation and other forms of over-processing.
Unfortunately, my journey with LEE Filters has not been smooth. I was lucky to obtain two filters earlier this year. I have no filter holder, which means that my LEE filters are getting scratched; they have to be hand-held, and as such they make contact with the lens barrel. Without a filter holder to protect them, I may have to suspend landscape photography until one arrives. Yesterday, my hopes of obtaining a LEE Universal Hood and 2 slot Filter Holder were elevated to ecstatic proportions, when I telephoned Robert White Photographic; five were in stock, I was told. Overjoyed, I placed an immediate order, choosing next day delivery. In a rush of excitement, I cancelled a pending order of the same item from Warehouse Express. I was 13 weeks into a 20 week projected waiting list. Early yesterday evening, I received an email from Robert White Photographic, stating that the LEE Universal Hood is out of stock and they have no confirmed date for arrival. After complaining, I received an apologetic email offering to place me first on the waiting list.