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Jan 9, 2022 18:57:59   #
Kevin.M Loc: Forked River, NJ
 
Hi,

I'm wondering what others are using besides a CPL to enhance your photography.

Besides water falls are there any other uses for a neutral density filter?

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

~Kevin

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Jan 9, 2022 19:00:47   #
Quixdraw Loc: American Free States - Montana
 
Grad ND is good fun and produces fine results.

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Jan 9, 2022 19:13:34   #
johngault007 Loc: Florida Panhandle
 
I have been using neutral density and gradual NDs quite a bit lately. Since I live on the coast there is an abundance of water with varying degrees of turbidity and/or movement, so it's fun to explore different artistic takes on scenery.

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Jan 9, 2022 19:36:27   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Polarizer, Star (2, 4 or 6), and neutral and graduated neutral density.

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Jan 9, 2022 19:45:07   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
I hardly never use a CPL although I have them for all my lens sizes. I shoot B&W film, so yellow, orange and dark red filters see the most use for my needs. Next is the occasional screw-in ND filter, either to use the widest apertures of my fastest lenses in bright light for digital, or for long-exposure shots in digital and film, or to adjust the light reaching the film so I can use a specific aperture or shutterspeed

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Jan 9, 2022 20:00:25   #
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Quixdraw wrote:
Grad ND is good fun and produces fine results.

Good stuff. Usually need that on T/S lenses.

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Jan 9, 2022 20:04:45   #
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Kodak 39B for monochrome. Really obliterates the modern tonal scale. Classic bald white skies etc for that Mathew Brady look.

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Jan 9, 2022 20:30:44   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
The ND400 is an interesting tool... provided you deploy it with careful consideration for composition elements...
Meaning the image should stand alone on it's merit without induced "special effects"
Also often it's great to show "Before" and "After" and maybe keep color harmonies simple so as not to distract...
Trust this makes sense.

Would love to see what others are doing with their fav filters in this tread.
Cheers!


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B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3.5 Nikon E-Series
B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3...
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B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3.5 Nikon E-Series
B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3...
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B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3.5 Nikon E-Series
B+W 52mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AI-S 75-150mm f/3...
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B+W 62mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor
B+W 62mm 10 Stop ND Filter on an AF 75-300mm f/4.5...

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Jan 9, 2022 22:00:14   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
I have. literally, drawers full of filters. Most of them are what I call part of my "MOTHBALL FLEET" like the Worl War II battleship that was left to rust away in the Hudson River. Relics for the film days when they were, in many cases mandatory. Just matching the wide variety of colour film with a wide variety of lig sources requires colour correction and compensating filters. Every serious black and white worker had at least a basic inventory of coloured filters- K-2, O, X-1and 25-A to render skyscapes and enable proper panchromatic rendition of colour that wor render in lie tones of gray. A polarizer was pretty standard fare. An ad to that star effects, dons of split ND and colours, a few special effect filters, the consider the various sizes and shape to accommodate various lenses and things kida pileup. Spec fils were needed for problematic fluorescent and sodium-vapour available Leigh shooting.

I still use a few of my old lot and have purchased a few up-to-date models. I suppose, for many commercial jobs and architectural work the CPL filter gets plenty of use. It not only darken the skies but also controls unwanted reflection. They are great for improving the colour saturation of many subjects and landscapes. We shoot monochrome, I may still utilize someof my basic coloured filters. Even in the studio, the X-1 GREEN filter, used in monochromatic mode, will produce ver dramas skin tones like the old orthochromatic film.

So, of all my filters, the only ones that are in my standard travelling gear and on the tray on my studio camera stand are the CPL, The basic coloured group, and a few clear protective clear filters for hazardous environments at industrial sites and kitchens.

Every now and again, I'll pull one out of the mothballs for a special effect.

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Jan 10, 2022 06:16:23   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
K2, X1, and 25A are my most used.
--Bob
Kevin.M wrote:
Hi,

I'm wondering what others are using besides a CPL to enhance your photography.

Besides water falls are there any other uses for a neutral density filter?

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

~Kevin

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Jan 10, 2022 06:24:54   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
Kevin.M wrote:
Hi,

I'm wondering what others are using besides a CPL to enhance your photography.

Besides water falls are there any other uses for a neutral density filter?

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

~Kevin


A hunk of my old metal screen door.

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Jan 10, 2022 06:30:45   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Kevin.M wrote:
Hi,

I'm wondering what others are using besides a CPL to enhance your photography.

Besides water falls are there any other uses for a neutral density filter?

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

~Kevin


I have never had the need of a ND filter, I have very seldom used a Cpl. since going digital I have used one to reduce glare and reflections but I can't remember the last time.

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Jan 10, 2022 07:02:41   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
A CPL filter stays on my lens when shooting outdoors on sunny days.

Will

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Jan 10, 2022 08:02:11   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
I see less use for a polarizer in my photography. It is a great filter to control non metallic reflections and enhance the foliage during Autumn but I seldom use it to enhance the sky.
Although I have a set of graduated neutral density filters I do not use them often any more. I have the occasional use for the neutral density filter.

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Jan 10, 2022 08:20:42   #
In-lightened Loc: Kansas City
 
Thomas902 wrote:
The ND400 is an interesting tool... provided you deploy it with careful consideration for composition elements...
Meaning the image should stand alone on it's merit without induced "special effects"
Also often it's great to show "Before" and "After" and maybe keep color harmonies simple so as not to distract...
Trust this makes sense.

Would love to see what others are doing with their fav filters in this tread.
Cheers!


Always enjoy your posts Thomas.
I am a big fan of 10 stop for water...and 6 stop. Apparently, how you like your water is a personal preference.
Sometimes I will use a polarizer for fall color when things are wet and too shiny and with most water scenes if not using a 6 or 10 stop.

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