A filter test for Horia
Good comparison Niek . I have always appreciated this type of image but rarely get my settings correct. when I do, as you did here, it works out very nicely. Question. Are there some left over con trials up there in the sky that do a cross pattern against the clouds?
- erve (620)
- [2008-09-14 9:36]
Hi niek. A useful comparison, and a very nice photo in itself. Nice composition and beautiful sky, i particularly like the delicate whisps of cloud and the warm orange glow.
I like many things in your picture. 1. the tree,half with leaves, half probably dead, without. 2; The impression of vast space, a large plain, without fences or another human "building's" . 3. I like the colors also.
- horia (16656)
- [2008-09-14 10:31]
First of all many thanks for accepting my idea and taking the time to make this interesting comparison.
I was so curious that i "ran" straight to the workshop and had a look :) Indeed the magenta cast is visible on the top of the frame and your idea to show them in mirror makes that even more visible.
As you also mentioned, a daytime shot would show the difference even better, i'm sure.
As for this shot, i really like your subject here. It has so much character and attracts a lot of attention thanks to its unique shape. The sky is very well exposed and presents some lovely colors, while the composition is simple but most effective.
Great work, all-in-all.
Bravo and really thanks for sharing!
Just to add to Horia's critique...
It's a bit difficult to compare in this kind of poor light conditions as the color temperature is changing very quickly in a quite unpredictable way...
Very useful contribution though. Guess the Lee filter system is pricier in general then? Or is it quality-wise only better with grads?
- gondox (1585)
- [2008-09-14 15:25]
although meant as a filter test only I think the shot turned out wonderful! The sky has enough layers, colors and patterns to fill the most of the image. Composed perfectly but we're not surprised on that I think :)
And still useful as a test too! TFS!
- mbasil (3320)
- [2008-09-14 17:19]
Nice image here, Niek. I like the test, too -- to me it looks like it's not worth the extra money for the Lee filters, at least in this test. Will there be more examples? (I tried this sort of a scene with and witout polarization once, and the difference was really remarkable. In one the sky seemed to be the subject, in the other it seemed to be the clouds. Maybe I'll post it soon. But maybe to TL, since I think there were lots of buildings in the shot.)
- techranger (3462)
- [2008-09-14 17:51]
Single trees against the sky are and have always been a favorite of mine.... made more interesting and perhaps spiritually symbolic with part of tree lacking leaves. I love it. TFS
Beside the fact that the picture is nice - the tree really is surprising - this test certainly is interesting. To be honest, I still do not know why filters of that kind a re good. Isn't our nature good enough to be taken without filters? And does the postprocessing not give enough possibilities of adjustments? I sometimes have tried a polarizing, but I believe that I realize my best pictures without any filter (except UV).
- soccer (2557)
- [2008-09-15 5:49]
A well composed pic with the horizon well positioned. The silhouette of the tree is well done and the detail and colour in the sky are also very well displayed.
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-09-15 6:33]
Hello niek, Superb and excellent. Wonderful lighting and an awesome mood creation photograph. I saw something like this in a poster and this is a qualified poster picture. Ganesh
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-09-16 12:19]
Hi Niek, fascinating sunset with wonderful silhoette of great tree and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
mmmm food for thought here. I guess the justification for upgrading my filter set is here to see plain as day. Just how much more expensive are they??
Anyway, what a fantastic tree you have found, and i suspect we are going to see more views with this in it in the future...very well composed as always, well done!
a very interesting observation.
I have two Cokin ND Grads (ND4 and ND8) and I have noticed the magenta hue. Have you ever tried useing both the ND4 and ND8 at once? The sky literally turns red!
I might buy a couple of Lee filters once I've bought a Sigma 10-20mm :-)
Also what make of polariser do you use? I'd like to get a decent one for the 10-20mm when I get it.
Fab shot by the way! That is a great tree :-)