• Not even a ND16 grad filter could stop this from blowing out!

Graduated Filters....

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To a lot of people graduated filters are an everyday tool, so you might not be interested in the next paragraph, for anyone who is interested in learning a little more about these filters then read on...

A neutral density graduated filter or ND Grad for short, comes in a variety of sizes and strengths. Generally they are rectangular in shape and require a filter holder mounted to the front of the lens to be held in place. Like a normal neutral density filter they reduce to amount of light entering the lens, which darkens the picture. The filters are useful because they only have ND properties from the top to the middle, and the bottom half is clear.

This allows exposures like this one where the sky was incredible bright and the land was very dull to be balanced. If I had not used a grad filter on this shot, either the sky would have been over exposed or the grass would have been too dark to see.

These filters are must in a lot landscape situations where the dynamic range (the difference between the darkest point and the brightest point) is too large for your camera to cope with.

Let me know if you found this useful.

I will reply to all comments given (it make take me a day or so though)

|| Canon 7D || Sigma 10-20mm || f10 || 10mm || 1/80s || ISO 160 || HiTech ND16 Hard Edge Grad ||

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  1. Agnes Van Parijs 38 months ago | reply

    wow, beautiful!!

  2. gazpic 38 months ago | reply

    Fantastic !

  3. TWJp [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Beautifully done! I often use a grad inverted for seascapes, where the light reflected from the water surface is often stronger than the sunlight above, that works very well!

  4. Gabriele Leto 38 months ago | reply

    incredible tones and place..love all this!!

  5. aland67 38 months ago | reply

    Great sky. Myself have a lee filter set and I'm very happy with it!!!

  6. Vu Ha Nam [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    amazing shot!

  7. Stephen Kacirek 38 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot, nice use of an ND filter

  8. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    wow

  9. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    excellent shot

  10. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    thanks for the info

  11. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    very useful

  12. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    i appreciate your kindness for sharing it

  13. Jag Fergus [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    best regards my friend!

  14. DaniBo Photo's [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    bellissima, complimenti!

  15. Mac61 38 months ago | reply

    Great work

  16. Ath76 38 months ago | reply

    Beautiful coastline!

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