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With the advances in sensor technology, graduated filters are reaching marmite status with many people saying they are a huge handicap to photographers and others that they are key to a mindful photography practice. The truth, as always, is probably somewhere between the two but we’ll have more about that towards the end of our new series where we’re reviewing filter systems.
Yes! An equipment review! In On Landscape! To be honest you’d probably see more if I wasn’t such a perfectionist/completist. As it is, this article took over a year to plan and gather the hardware for and I’m still getting new systems in.
Testing equipment is a joyless task though. Unless you’re an absolute geek, that is; in which case it’s an excuse to play with spectrophotometers, digital thickness callipers, newton ring planarity testers and many cups of coffee. After all of this type 2 fun I then have the task of making it translate into the real world. Hopefully, I can get all this done over the next three issues.
A big thanks for everyone who helped contribute ideas for tests I could apply to these filters and for the manufacturers and friends who have helped me get hold of the hardware.
For now, back to the laboratory!!
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Filter Systems for Neutral Density, Graduated and Polarising Filters including Kase, Benro, 84.5, Haida, Breakthrough, XC Source, Zomei, Wine Country, SRB, Cokin, Nisi, Lee, Progrey & Firecrest. more
There is the calm of autumn emphasised by the lack of movement in the water and in the trees, creating perfect reflections. It is quite meditative. more
Our 4x4 feature is a set of 4 photography portfolios from our subscribers: Hans-Ludwig Beinsen-Ruf, Linda McKnight, Margaret Soraya & Mark Hunneybell more
When your attention is focused on the task of making photographs, mindfulness—consciously paying attention to things happening in the present moment—gives you the ingredients from which to make photographs. more
Paul concentrates on a precise geographical area, photographing intensively over a number of years. He is well known for his finely crafted silver gelatin prints and for the books he has produced. more
In the southern hemisphere summer months the slopes of Hikurangi are ‘generally regarded’ as the first place on earth to receive the first rays of sun of each new day more
Many are the individuals who have praised the beneficial effects of limitations and constraints in the creative process. more