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Great pasternak 2008-02-27 4:05

Excellent one, Andre, the different red hues in the sky are relly fantastic, differing from cold to warm, and fine that you could even capture the shadows of the rocks (!) on the still water...

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Alexander

PS I'm thinking about the ND grad, which one would you recommend?

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Old 02-27-2008, 04:40 PM
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Hi Alexander,

Please take note that I don't know very much about photography but I'm a total ignorant about filters. So I'm not a reference but I read a lot.

That's why I only have only one filter, but a super one. It's called Singh-Ray Vari-ND, but the "vari" doesn't mean you can move it up and down according to the landscape, but rather like a polarizer.

So the way it works, you just turn the ring and the neutral grey becomes darker and darker. I basically bought this toy - used by pros according to what I've read in magazines - to shoot some waterfalls with the "velvet" effect, allowing longer exposures in full day light at f/16. But I'm using it for a lot of different effect. For example, if you shoot on tripod, you can frame a scene perfectly sharp with people blurred, still in full day light. It's the equivalence of 2 to 8 stops added density.

You can't buy this filter in camera shops, but you can order it by internet, directly from the maker. If you are interested to see how it works, here's the link.

http://www.singh-ray.com/varind.html

The site is very educative and you'll found every piece of information you might need, even some photo samples. Believe me Alexander, it does magic! All my "Barbie Hour" and other strange looking sky are made with this filter.

Because of the beautiful colours it allows me to get, I've been able to sell a lot of photos to tourism authorities and magazines. I've sent some samples two days ago to the government of my province, and they are interested to buy them all!... So the filter will pays for itself dozen of times.

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André
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: To pasternak: ND Grad filter

Many thanks for the feedback, Andre, I'll definitely study the sources you mentioned, the filter looks really interesting. But what i meant was not the solid ND but rather a grad version... besides, 400$ for a filter is a bit too much for me, I am a complete amateur and am not planning to sell any of my photos so I doubt it will ever pay off like it did in your case...

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