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    ND Grad filters

    Take a look at the Baxter Bradford post in the regular gallery, Daybreak at Porth.... The beach photo is a good example of the application of stacked ND grad filters. The stunning transparency could not have been made otherwise.

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    Yes, I would also suggest taking a look at the work of Joe Cornish (if you look at his book, in the technical details, you will find he used one on most of the images in the book). Both photographers, have an appreciation of how to properly use the ND Grad, and their results are stunning. I personally find the ND Grad filters to be the most valuable that I own.
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    Agreed. ND grads are great when the horizon is relatively flat.

    On various occasions, I've also noted a fair amount of additional density behind my camera, but it's not always neutral or graduated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    On various occasions, I've also noted a fair amount of additional density behind my camera, but it's not always neutral or graduated.
    I've noticed the same thing behind my camera; it is quite thick at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    Agreed. ND grads are great when the horizon is relatively flat.
    Sometimes I wish Lee would make a rectangular center-spot filter - western Norway has no flat horizons. Notches and peaks are more common...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    Sometimes I wish Lee would make a rectangular center-spot filter - western Norway has no flat horizons. Notches and peaks are more common...
    Try getting rid of the holder, use multiple ND grads and tape them to the lens. I have heard of others who do this, and it seems to work.
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    Thanks for the complements. I blame Mr Cornish entirely for the expense of buying a lot of filters and the headaches he has caused me trying to get my filtration anything like as accomplished as his. Maybe one day.........probably not!

    I find that whilst striving for tranquillity and perfection in front of the lens. The atmosphere behind it is frequently rather blue. I continue to be more fluent with expletives than filters!

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