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Old Aug 12, 2010, 8:34 AM   #1
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Found a new place late last night to photograph another storm/rain system moving through north of Calgary.

I had a neat idea with using the soft grad filter.....the other night I was thinking about how to make more use out of it. These filters run about $100 each so at the time I wanted to buy it, I struggled with 'do I get the soft grad or hard grad filter?' and chose the soft grad.

The difference is that if you don't have a hard straight horizon line then you use the soft grad filter. If your horizon line is straight then you would use the hard grad and slide that line down to your horizon. Your bright skies are stopped down and your dark foreground is exposed brighter.

Then it came to me the other night to spin the soft grad filter upside down, pull it up through the holder until the outer edge of it shows right on the horizon line. I tried this technique last night and it worked wonderfully!

5dMII, 24 - 70 2.8, 4stop ND filter, 3 stop soft grad Cokin filter.
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 8:40 AM   #2
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Wow. #2 and #3 especially.
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 8:42 AM   #3
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Very unexpected range of colours. Absolutely 'poetry of motion' stuff.

Awesome. I like all of them and particularly the clouds in #3 and darkness in #1.

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the power of nature captured so well. love the mood you have imparted with the way you captured the light here with the filter usage. nice timing in #1 love the rolling hills of grain vs the power of the lightning. #2 is very ominous and #3 is a very dramatic scene with the clouds and the golden light. love them kevin!
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 9:36 AM   #5
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Really great photos. #3 for me.
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Always thinking aren't you. Really nice results.
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Old Aug 12, 2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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Glad you all liked them! Thanks everyone for the comments :0)
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Amazing, incredible shots!
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Excellent shots all of them
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Wow Spy #3 sure has a odd shape with in it but then again it a very excellent shot as well as #2 one has that oddity o f the lighting being thrown as well.. Makes me wish I had a great cam when I was in Missouri during some of the storms there they were sure strong and long enough for many shots to be taken unlike Wyoming just passing through storms that one knows are coming for the sage smell will be rushed ahead before it pours and those are strange for they come in like a straight sprayer ...
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