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    What is your most used filter?

    While browsing some of the images here I saw very few photos that included information on filtration used during exposure. so the questions are:

    1. What is your most used filter? For what effect?
    2. any examples in your portfolio(or gallery) we can see?

    As a relative newcomer here and to photography in general I am often unsure on what filters I should purchase and/or use.

    Thanks in advance for your replies,
    Mike

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    When I do use a filter (very rarely these days), my faves are an orange to push the contrast up and get some good sky detail in the weedy English light and a yellow/green to get some differentiation in foliage tones- i use them both equally. Saying that, I proabably use a homemade diffusion filter to pre-expose film in high SBRs more than any other.

    When i used to take more colour transparency shots, my fave was a ND grad

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    I always have an orange or red filter attached behind a UV. No reason other than I like the results. Sometimes use a polariser or a ND or coloured grad if i'm trying to get exposure times up or balance bright sky/dark ground etc.
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    1.5 stop yellow filter for B&W in one form or another.

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    40 or 70cc m
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    Hi Mike!
    I'm pretty new to photography, and I bought a red (#25) and Orange (YA3) filter after reading about how these do interesting things to clouds and sky. I also have a polarizing filter, but an still experimenting with that one!

    I keep a UV filter on my camera all the time and put the other filter over the top when I use them. I have found that I really like how the orange filter exaggerates the clouds in the sky without darking the foliage too much. I want to buy a green filter, too. I've read that it will wash out the green in some foliage and make it look "IRish" hmm... "IR-ish" (not Irish! haha ) .

    I have two pics in the Critique Gallery that were shot using an Orange filter. Hope this helps some! It's been really fun experimenting with the filters!
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    orange (and definatly red) can be a bit intrusive. I'd kick off with a yellow and consider building from that.

    I got some really nice (at least technically) outdoor portrait shots recently with yellow/green - I'll defintaly be trying that more in future.

    Ian

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    I don't care for the effects of the darker filters, so for B&W I use mostly K-2 and occasionally K-3 (I think that's #6 and #8 in the newer terminology).
    juan

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    Here in NM, i never take off the light yellow filter. It adds just enough punch and doesn't over do the sky.

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    Without a doubt; a 1 or 2 stop ND Grad (I use it almost daily) and either a warm polarizer or an 81A. Of course, I primarily do color. When doing B&W I am currently only using a yellow filter - plus the ND Grads.
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