Will Reverse ND Filter Help and Which One
I've been mulling around the idea of getting a couple of graduated ND filters before I head up to Quetico this fall. I have a limited budget and have pretty much decided to get two hard edged Hi-Tech graduated ND filters for the bag.
I have also been thinking of buying a Singh-Ray Reverse Graduated ND filter, but the cost is going to prohibit me from buying more than one of these. If my target shots are sunsets and early morning sunrises, should I buy the 2-stop or 3-stop filter?
As you can see from the attached pictures, I need something to help balance the light, but I'm not sure what will help.
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#1. "RE: Will Reverse ND Filter Help and Which One" | In response to Reply # 0bobj Charter MemberThu 31-Jul-03 07:28 PM
Given that what we see here may not accurately reflect what you saw there, there's no way to say for sure now, but I'll do my best:
Generally, I find the 2-stop reverse grad ND sufficient for most shots. One stop is often simply not enough to bother with. By the time you get to three stops, you can get away with the 2-stop reverse stacked with some other grad ND. the only reverse grad I own is the 2-stop.
You may find that a grad ND wouldn't be of significant use on the second shot though. To start with, you could simply underexpose it a bit more. The trees on the right could be dropped at least a stop in brightness to help stop the clouds in the sky from burning out so much. Due to the fog on the water, the tonality of the trees and their reflection seems about equal, so using a grad ND over the trees would cause them to be darker than their reflection, something you don't really want to do. The sky is significantly brighter than its reflection though, but not objectionably so. Generally, you want a reflection to be just a tad darker than the real object. If they are equal (without good reason such as the fog), things look a bit unnatural. If you had a two-stop reverse grad ND, it would be good to at least give it a try though. Certainly no more than that.
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