Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Graduated Neutral Density Filters

After purchasing some grad ND filters and receiving them about a week ago it has seemed that Indiana has had nothing but detail less gray skies. Finally the clouds broke some after a snowy day revealing some sun light. If you have ever tried to photograph the sky and ground in the same frame you have realized that you can not expose for both the sky and land at the same time. This is where grad ND filters come in. Half of the filter blocks light while the other half does not. Below are a couple of shots of Lake Monroe during my first time experimenting with the filters.

The clouds didn't break for long, only about 15 minutes but during that time the clouds lit up. Using the filters allowed the sky and the ground to be properly exposed in one exposure.


This shot was taken a few minutes after the last. Even though not as much sunlight can be seen I think the dark clouds convey how very cold it was on the lake.

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21 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

These are great photos. I am sorry Nature did not cooperate with your camera! It's always the way....

Tabib said...

Very good technique, with great result.
Now that ND is on my wanted list..

Louise said...

Wow! Those are fantastic shots. It seems almost unreal. I think I need to look into those filters. I'm sure I would not have captured the same scene as well.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks for the visit and the comment, Rob.

Like you, I am always amazed at how quickly a sky can change.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yep, the sky sure does look cold. Nice photos!

Leedra said...

Nice, the log looks like a gator headed for the water. LOL

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Ida said...

Wonderfiul scenes.
Beautiful, both of them. :)

Rune said...

Lovely photographs! Happy weekend and SkyWatch :o) Thanks for comments

John said...

Great photos! Well captured.

Darla said...

These are fabulous!

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

It really does look quite cold on that lake... you can see it in the photo.... very nice pictures!
Your photography is very impressive!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

Bradley Myers said...

Great use of your split ND filter and good sky watch.

Ruth said...

Both pictures are good, but the first one is stunning. I love it! The filter does an excellent job.

Naturegirl said...

Eric these photos are the best! You have taught me something today as I did try to photograph the sky and ground in the same frame yesterday and it just didn't happen..the ground was too dark..thanks for the tip.
SWF gal freezing in Canada.

Arija said...

Nice shots, looks like the filter ia doing a great job.

Reader Wil said...

I am surprised to see how fast a scenery changes. The same place and such a difference! Thanks for showing. I also had a brief look at your other photography and I promised myself to come back and see more of it! It is very beautiful! Ripma is a Dutch name, Frisian actually.

Kerri said...

These are LOVELY! And you can even see the reflection of the sky on the ice. WOW! I need to do some research on those filters!

Connie said...

These are excellent pictures. It does look cold. I went out today to take pictures. It is 5 degrees and I could not stand there very long before my hands got so very cold.

system operator said...

Happy SWF! Sometimes it takes the right equipment and lots of patience.

Judy said...

Both shots are lovely, each in their own way.
Thanks for sharing!

Luiz Ramos said...

Your filter experience results beautiful.