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I'm going to be spending a month in the Caribbean and want to be able to capture those azure seas well....I have a Canon D400 with a Sigma DC 18-200mm lens. Can anyone recommend a good filter for that sort of very sunny location? At the moment I have a regular UV filter...sorry, quite a beginner here and a technical dunce.
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polariser could be useful - stops glare and can make colours stronger, and also skies very deep blue
ND grads are useful too - these have a dark and clear bit, so you can put the dark over the bright area (make it look darker the the camera) to balance things up a bit.
beware though, on beaches overseas, the land is often brighter than the sky, so use your ND grad with care
Try a 'circular polariser' to darken the blue skies and cut reflections on water.
Rotate the filter to get the desired effect.
Thanks guys....I'll check out these options....Jonathan
I use ND filters (not grads) which suppress the overall intensity of light entering the lens, which work well when I'm happy with the composition of my shot (don't want to rid myself of any brighter areas using a graduated filter). I have ND 4, 8 and in high summer, ofter put both together (just takes more care to ensure you're not adding layers of dust to the shot with each filter).
oh - buy the filters well before you go on holiday and get using them - you'll soon work it out then, far better than asking how to use them on here because you can "see" the results for yourself.
if you want to go moody, use more grad - 3-5 stops makes the sunniest day look suitably miserable My latest shot had 5 stops if you want an example.
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Quote: if you want to go moody, use more grad - 3-5 stops makes the sunniest day look suitably miserable
Polarisers and grads yes, I agree, but be careful with both. The polariser will only work at right angles to the sun, and with wider lenses especially in very hrash light conditions can cause uneven effects, making some parts of the sky excessively dark blue. Play with thenm all before you go there, but don't be surprised if you need toi use them differently for the specific light conditions
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what the hell, just chill and enjoy
I would recommend a polariser. If the skies are blue (in my experience) you probably won't have any need for grads.
Filter for high levels of sunshine?
in scotland we call them clouds!!!..................
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and better looking as well...
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I was going to say that, but I didn't want people thinking that my bread was buttered on the other side!
I don't like bread nor butter, so I am ok to say that..
You're a Ryvitite?
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Whatever that is....
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