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Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?

pjonesCET

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Mon 25-Jul-11 04:01 PM

I took this on Blue Ridge Park way in Fall of 2010 using D3000 and the Telephoto lens 55-200mm DX series.

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Floridian

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#1. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 0

Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Mon 25-Jul-11 02:30 PM

No, a UV filter would not have helped. If you bump up the contrast in the photo, that would help bring out the colors. One issue appears to be that, as is typical in the southeast, you took a photo of a subject off in the distance on a hazy day, and there's a lot of haze between you and the hills you're shooting.

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#2. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 1

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Mon 25-Jul-11 02:42 PM

Thanks. Any more seems like all that is all we have is hot, haze wheather.

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#3. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Mon 25-Jul-11 03:06 PM

As noted a UV filter might not work.

The majority of lenses used by digital cameras now have micro coatings the reduce the UV haze.

The lenses used on older film cameras did not have this technology and relied on UV filters to reduce UV haze. Many users still keep UV filters on to protect the front element of the lens. This may also be unnecessary since the many micro coatings help lenses resist scratching. One can also use an NC filter for this purpose. Also if you use any filter, only use very good quality filters. Poor quality filters cause any number of problems.

Another source of 'haze' can be light flare on the lens. This is caused by the glare of a light just off the FOV of the lens. Once can reduce this by the use of a lens hood. Placing a UV filter or NC filter and using a lens hood will not always prevent lens flare.

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Len Shepherd

Yorkshire, UK
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#4. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 0

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Mon 25-Jul-11 03:15 PM

If you are reasonably competent with post processing the histogram for this shot is unlikely to occupy more than half what is available, because of the "flat" middle of the day lighting.
Adjusting the shadow and highlight end points and maybe the mid point on the histogram should produce the sort of image you wanted.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

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#5. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 3

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Mon 25-Jul-11 08:44 PM

I did use the included lens hood with the telephoto lens. Thanks.

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pjonesCET

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#6. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 4

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Mon 25-Jul-11 09:23 PM

Tried Capture NX2 and adjusted levels as suggested. Really made a difference.

I do have a UV Filter now and do notice outdoor pictures look better.

Thanks all for the advice.

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blw

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#7. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 6

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Tue 26-Jul-11 05:09 AM

The UV filter shouldn't help at all, because the sensors are not very sensitive to UV light - so UV pretty much cannot possibly be causing your problem. I agree that the issue is entirely due to haze and flat lighting.

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WD4MLA

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#8. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 0

WD4MLA Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002
Tue 26-Jul-11 01:57 PM

This is a very common haze and why our mountains were named The Great Smoky Mountains. It is rare to catch a real clear view here.

Jerry Jaynes
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of North Carolina

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Len Shepherd

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#9. "RE: Would have UV Filter Helped with this Photo?" | In response to Reply # 6

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Wed 27-Jul-11 06:46 PM

>Tried Capture NX2 and adjusted levels as suggested. Really made a difference.
Adjusting levels works well with many similar low contrast scenes

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

Len Shepherd

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