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Old Dec 28, 2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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I'm still confused with how to take a decent photo on a very sunny day...
following pictures i captured using a ND4 filter and a UV filter attached to my FZ35. but still i fell they are not that bright and colorful (cos, i can see so many dark spots specially where the trees are)...
can somebody tell me whether this pics are ok or if not, how to set my camera to get a nice photo on a very sunny day...


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Old Dec 29, 2010, 2:43 AM   #2
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Yes, your blacks do look crushed. I don't know anything about using an ND filter in bright day light, so I have to read up on that. What camera settings did you use?
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Old Dec 29, 2010, 5:30 AM   #3
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Did you have the lens hood on? I think that the ND filter is probably not necessary in this situation, a sunny day and scenery. What was your ev set to? Where were these taken, the place is very beautiful.

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I also think that either of the two add-ons (filters) may be at fault in this case. Personally, as the first step, I would try shooting with a lens hood, and without the ND4 filter, using EV-0.7. Then evaluate the photos

My second step would be to eliminate BOTH the ND4 and UV filters, while still using the lens hood and using Exposure Compensation. Then evaluate the photos.

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Old Dec 29, 2010, 8:08 PM   #5
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I used the lens hood for this photos. My exposure value was 0 and i set ISO to 100 (may be I should have used auto ISO with maximum 400). I dont know why I used ND4 filter (I thought it will reduce the brightness) I think i misunderstood another thread. I always keep the UV filter attached to my camera to save the lens from getting dust. May be I remove it and try some more photos with different settings...cos its summer... sunny and hot in Australia...
This photos were taken in "Lakes Entrance" around 400Km from Melbourne...

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Old Dec 29, 2010, 9:40 PM   #6
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Chirantha, try removing your ND filter for now. I think it's OK to leave the UV filter on to protect your lens. Some of your shots seem to have a slightly green tint, and I don't know why.

Actually, I really like the shot with the 2 flags. Very vibrant colors!
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I agree that the photo with the two flags is very good, but the WB is off a bit. That is why I want to see the filters gradually removed and Exposure Compensation used. I just think that would sort out the problem her.

We don't know the sources of the ND4 nor the UV filters. As we both know quality of filters like this can vary widely.

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I bought them on ebay. I don't think they are that good. Btw I have to go out and do some experiments this weekend.
Thanks for the ideas...

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Here are some more pics I took that day...
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I use my fz40 in bright Aussie sun and it does really well. I use cheap uv filter and sometimes cpl.
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