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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 …

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When to use Neutral Polarizers?

In Polarizing Filters by Tom BolLeave a Comment

One of my most used filters is the polarizer.  Simply put, this filter transforms flat, dull scenes into beautiful photographs.  Polarizers add contrast and saturation into landscapes.  And Ilove how a polarizer cuts through water glare, revealing what is beneath.   If I am headed to western Colorado to photograph fall colors, I will bring a selection of polarizers.  Brilliant stands of yellow aspen framed against a deep blue sky is one of my favorite landscapes, and a polarizer helps me …

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Sunrise at Collins Landing, Eastham on Cape Cod, MA with Singh-Ray’s LB Color Intensifier

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes by George WilsonLeave a Comment

Eastham is on Cape Cod, a place where a major portion of my youth, (and adult life), was spent. Today I still return there to the family home, to the beaches and favorite haunts. Now, instead of carrying a surf rod searching for summer Blues and Striped Bass in the waves of the ocean side beaches, I carry a camera. Cape Cod through my lens I hope brings someone closer to the outer beach, the dune grass and the lifestyle …

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Valentine Food Photography

In ND Filters by George WilsonLeave a Comment

Every February 14, across the United States, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged in the name of St. Valentine. The Catholic Church recognizes three saints with the name Valentine, so there is a bit of confusion about which one is the actual Patron Saint of the holiday. The “holiday” as we recognize it, is centuries old and celebrated in numerous countries around the globe. The Valentine’s Day Card made its appearance in Victorian England in the mid nineteenth century. Chocolate …