Photographing a Solar Eclipse

In ND Filters by George WilsonLeave a Comment

An eclipse on earth happens when the sun, moon and earth are in alignment creating either a solar or lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse happens when the earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light from illuminating the moon. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun for a brief period of time blocking the light.  It is a phenomenon that, for the photographer, is a challenge to capture either digitally or on film.   The rarity …

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In Black & White, Polarizing Filters by George WilsonLeave a Comment

Photographs tell stories, convey emotion, and make us laugh. Our own life experience will sometimes dictate how we interpret images. After all, photography is art and art is subjective. But we must also remember that photography is a visual language, a language without words. The message I send to the viewer must be done solely through vision and the elements of the photograph itself. I must be able to imagine the image beforehand and then be able to capture what …

As My Reinvention as a Photographer Continues

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters by Ronald C ModraLeave a Comment

As my reinvention as a photographer continues from Sports Illustrated to landscape photography my Singh-Ray Filters are becoming more and more important. Along with my workshop partner Don Smith I just returned from our delayed (due to pandemic) Scottish Highland Workshop.   During the 2-week workshop many of our locations, like Eilean Donan Castle, The Fairy Pools and The Callanish Standing Stones and Mangersta Sea Stacks allowed me to put to work both the 5 and 10 stop Mor-Slo filters …

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Singh-Ray Filters

In Equipment & Technique, Polarizing Filters by Tom BolLeave a Comment

I’ve been using Singh-Ray filters my entire career, and I never leave the office without 3-4 in my pack. My normal selection includes polarizers, ND filters, graduated ND and reverse ND filters. These filters allow me to create photographs that are not possible unless I am using them. I also find that I change compositions and perspective in the field as I use the filters, not something I can do later in the computer (more on that below). Take a …

Switching Gears

In Landscapes by Ronald C ModraLeave a Comment

After spending my entire photography career shooting sports, 25 years at Sports Illustrated, switching gears to landscape photography came with a new series of challenges, one being the use of filters. When I was out on assignment shooting off a tripod was never a consideration and I rarely used a shutter speed under 1000, now a tripod is essential and I’m using up too 30 second exposures and beyond. I just returned from a scouting trip to Ireland looking to …

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Heaven’s Kiss

In Polarizing Filters by Don SmithLeave a Comment

  When artists discuss inspiration, oftentimes the conversation involves muses. Webster defines muses as: (Verb) to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration. In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor …