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Why do you still use filters? Why not just bracket?

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Brian Rueb1 Comment

My grandmother still handwrites letters. My mother still makes all her desserts from scratch. When we make pasta, I still grate the cheese by hand. I also use filters when I take photos. What do all of these things have to do with one another? I’ll tell you. I’ve used filters for most of my twenty years in photography. A Singh-Ray polarizer was the first filter I ever purchased, once I saw how it enhanced images, and provided some much …

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Tony Sweet demonstrates the use of three Singh-Ray filters he describes as essential to his art

In Black & White, Equipment & Technique, Infrared Photography, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Tony Sweet1 Comment

In a time when many photographers believe that hardware filters are passé, there are still three types of filters that I use as often as I did back when I was a film photographer: the solid neutral density filter, the infrared filter (used on my unconverted cameras), and the always important graduated ‘split’ neutral density filters. Let’s start with the Solid Neutral Density filter I’m now using. It’s the new 10-Stop Mor-Slo ND filter from Singh-Ray. Extremely long exposures cannot …

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Capturing landscape images with tilt-shift lenses and ND Grads

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Derrald Farnsworth-LivingstonLeave a Comment

As I’ve matured my photographic techniques, I have gravitated to Canon’s line of tilt/shift lenses. These lenses afford me the sharpness and detail that I’m looking for when I’m capturing landscapes that I want enlarged to the fullest extent. Besides tilting these lenses to maximize focus, I also employ the shift to capture three images and then stitch them in Photoshop. This combination allows me the very detailed, large files that I need for my work. Of course, since image …

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Trip to Iceland proved to be a rich and inspiring experience

In Black & White, Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Thierry ResinLeave a Comment

I have taken photo trips in Europe and the Mediterranean, but the biggest step yet has been my recent trip to Iceland. That had been a “dream” destination for a long time. The dream came true in June 2012. My goal for this trip was to explore the south coast, a part of the highlands and, if possible, the west peninsula. I had ten days there and the program was dependent on the weather. It turned out we were lucky …

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Capturing the alpine drama with two Singh-Ray filters

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Russ Bishop2 Comments

During that time I’ve gone through more than a few cameras and lenses, transitioned from film to digital, and mastered the digital darkroom. Through it all my vision has been the common thread driven by my passion for the natural landscape — and during that time, Singh-Ray Filters have played a significant role in helping me translate and preserve my unique view of the outdoor world. For example, the image above, which was made in Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon National …

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Sharing some of my latest long-exposure images from recent trips

In Black & White, Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features, Wildlife by Cole ThompsonLeave a Comment

Since my last post, I have been on a number of trips and thought I’d share some images from them. Each of these long exposure images has something in common, the Singh-Ray Vari-ND and the Mor-Slo 5-Stop ND Filter. I was in the Sierras to attend the memorial of an old friend and mentor when I created this image. John was on my mind as I spent several days reminiscing about our times together and missing him. He loved the …

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The “motion” in emotional water images created by stretching exposures to the limit

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Cole ThompsonLeave a Comment

I believe that long exposures and water are a natural match. Portraying water as fluid seems so much more natural to me. My Singh-Ray Vari-ND lets me easily explore exposures of varying durations by simply adjusting the density from about 2 stops up to 8 stops, or anywhere in between. My strong attraction to long exposures came about because of water. I was intrigued by the way moving water looked at different exposures; a 1-second image looked so completely different …