LucrOit Graduated Soft ND 0.6 (2-stop) 100x150mm Filter

LucrOit Graduated Soft ND 0.6 (2-stop) 100x150mm Filter

 

Graduated Neutral Density Filters

Graduated neutral density filters (GND) are generally used for balancing light in landscape shots. They compensate for the light differences between the sky and the ground or water. Soft edge GND’s (like this one) have a smooth transition from clear to neutral density area. They are wonderful creative tools.

How I Use GND Filters

I’ll pull out a graduated neutral density filter if I want to:

  1. Bring the light in the sky down more than my ND can do. (Hey, I don’t want the ground to be totally black!)
  2. Bring the light in the sky down a bit when I’m not using ANY other filter.
  3. Create richer sky tones
  4. Combine with other ND filters – and/or GND filters. I might even flip a GND the other way and use on the water in front of me if it’s too bright.
  5. Simply experiment with light and tones.

This 2-stop soft GND filter is perfect for keeping late-afternoon skies from overpowering the darker tones of the ground when I’m approaching sunset. It’s also great if the sky is bright AND has clouds (making it even brighter). With this filter, I don’t have to take 2 exposures, then blend them later… I’ve got what I need in one shot.

 

Filters are super fun creative tools: they do things that nothing else can. For me, the big ticket was finding a holder situation that I could tolerate working with. LucrOit won that lottery hands-down for me personally… and now, I just love their filters like the old country!

Glass Vs. Resin

LucrOit filters are made in Germany, of that awesome German glass. You could also go with resin filters. They’re definitely cheaper. But I know me – I’ll scratch resin in a heartbeat. And once you do that, your filter is useless. I just really like glass, always have. Maybe it’s the old time photographer in me, I dunno. But there was just no question between the two materials.


A Few Images

Lake Tahoe, NV
Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter + GND 2-stop filter in a 100mm simple filter holder
ISO200, f/22, 4.5 secs.

Lake Tahoe, NV
Fujifilm X-T20, 16-55mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter + GND 2-stop filter in a 100mm simple filter holder
ISO400, f/16, 30 secs.
(5-shot panorama)

Lake Tahoe, NV
Fujifilm X-T20, 16-55mm lens
Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead

LucrOit 10-stop ND filter + GND 2-stop filter in a 100mm simple filter holder
ISO400, f/22, 26 secs.

 

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