What filter(s) will give some definition to the even pale grey sky that we see so frequently on the West Coast in the winter.
You know, the one that just shows as totally colorless in most pictures.
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#2. "RE: Filter for West Coast Sky in Winter?" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberThu 05-Sep-02 11:42 AM
Two things to try, depending on the subject. I'm not going to debate the merits; just here's something to try. First, try a strong graduated neutral density filter. Carefully meter the scene below the horizon, and overexpose by half a stop. Then drop the filter into place. This works best with a rather smooth horizon. It gives an ominous, stormy atmosphere to the sky, and a bit of brilliance to the earth. Another approach when foreground objects and/or people are involved, set a manual exposure for the sky(no filter); also try it underexposed a half or whole stop. Then use flash, without any magic fill factors applied. Finally, if you just want general landscapes, and the sky is uninteresting for whatever reason, just leave the sky out of the composition altogether, even if it means using a longer focal length.
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