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Landscape shots

Landscape shots

A friend once asked me why his landscape shots always have a burnt out sky while others don’t have this. I told him that the others use a simple trick, they use Gradual Neutral Density filters (GND). The GND allows to reduce partially the amount of light.  Unlike a Neutral Density (ND) filter, it doesn’t reduce the overall amount of light to enable a longer expsoure. When you look at a GND filter, you will realize that it starts dark and get lighter towards the middle of the filter. And there are filters with a soft or hard graduation. The shot below was taken with a Canon EOS 400D with the Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a HI-Tech GND 0.9 filter.

The famous rice terraces in Ubud - ©2010 Robert Traut

The famous rice terraces in Ubud – ©2010 Robert Traut