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Re: How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

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Looks like I'm going to have to Google a few tutorials on merging images then. Thanks everyone.
I keep meaning to look at blending images in PS rather than using HDR function in LR but I'm yet to get around to it (I'm not a huge fan of the HDR in LR). There's plenty of tutorials on youtube though
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I keep meaning to look at blending images in PS rather than using HDR function in LR but I'm yet to get around to it (I'm not a huge fan of the HDR in LR). There's plenty of tutorials on youtube though
Thanks, I think I'll suggest it to Olympus as a firmware update if it's possible
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Re: How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

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I've been looking for a good reversed grad for a while but they all seem to be really expensive, do you have any recommendations?
Don't you just rotate or flip it. You did with the ones I used to do. I don't use them any more

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Don't you just rotate or flip it. You did with the ones I used to do. I don't use them any more

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No you can't do that as you'd have the edge of the filter running across your image
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Re: How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

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I've been looking for a good reversed grad for a while but they all seem to be really expensive, do you have any recommendations?
Yes, unfortunately reverse grads are on the expensive side. However, as sunset / sunrise is the main use a strong ND3 is the only one I carry. I don't bother with ND1 and ND2 versions so that saves some expense.

I have a Singh Ray Daryl Benson nd3 reverse grad for my full-frame camera and a Lee Sev5n version for my Olympus camera. I have the Singh Ray simply because they invented them and where the only source at the time.
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Re: How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

I've wondered about a reverse grad too. Stephen Elliott uses one a lot in Derbyshire, seems to work well for him.
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I've been looking for a good reversed grad for a while but they all seem to be really expensive, do you have any recommendations?
I have the Formatt-Hitech resin reverse grad that works well. If I had more use for it I would probably invest in the Firecrest version.
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Re: How best to expose a sunset without a graduated filter?

I've got a set of the 85mm resin ND grads too Iain. Don't use them very often but they do seem to work OK. Just looked up the reverse grad versions and they are about 60 each. If you want the Firecrest ones they only do the larger size 100mm and they are a whopping 230! each. Might be curious enough to go for a resin version though at some point maybe for 60. What level have you got 0.3, 0.6 or 0.9?
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I have the Formatt-Hitech resin reverse grad that works well. If I had more use for it I would probably invest in the Firecrest version.
That's the obvious choice for me as I have the firecrest holder, however I have the 100x150mm system (as I use if for FF too) and a 3 stop reverse grad is 120, and that's just the resin version
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