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How to make Filters easier?


Los Angeles, US
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Bravozulu Registered since 04th Jun 2012
Mon 01-Oct-12 05:17 PM | edited Mon 01-Oct-12 05:27 PM by Bravozulu

I took a few images of a car show, with the southern and western sky in view in some frames. Being new to digital, I can't help but notice the restrictions on dynamic range, and was wondering whether I should go through the trouble of attaching a gradual, ND filter in instances when the camera faces into the sun.

The locale is Santa Monica. Bright, bright sun. Time was 1pm.

I tried a polarizer yesterday, but that led to somewhat goofy effects. The sky would darken (good), but then the glass and paint on the cars didn't look natural, with all reflections gone (bad).

My questions are this:

a) is the time worth screwing in and then unscrewing filters worth the bother?

b) in the case of a graded ND filter, do you simply align the light/dark boundary with the horizon and then fire away?

Sample images facing West & South:

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