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Old Feb 14, 2007, 9:45 PM   #1
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Sorry for being slightly off-topic here, but this forum has so many knowledgeable people I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm heading to Scottsdale and Sedona in a month and was wondering if there are any special filters to consider when shooting in the bright desert sun and/or at sunset.

I have a Digital Rebel XT and plan to shoot mostly with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 lens. I have a circular polarizer, which should help keep the sky from looking too washed out.

Any other filters I should look at? I read somewhere that a neutral gradient filter is useful for sunsets, to darken the sky a bit and let in more light. Is that the same as a neutral density filter (2x or 4x)? Or is it something different?

Also, should I be playing with the white balance to compensate for the bright sunlight in the desert? If so, any recommended settings to try?

Thanks for your suggestions/feedback.

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Old Feb 27, 2007, 9:52 AM   #2
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If you are shooting digital, I would suggest 2 filters; a Hoya, Singh Ray or comparable polarizing filter and a warming filter. If you are shooting landscapes, you should also consider neutral density filters. You might visit the Singh Ray website for helpful information. The good ones are espensive, but will make the difference if you can afford them.
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