Using neutral density filters makes the impossible – possible

During a recent workshop, we found ourselves in South Kihei around 4 PM.  The light was harsh then moments later quite diffused as the clouds floated across the sky. The tide was low which allowed us to position ourselves in a place that is underwater during high tide.  I used a Lee graduated 3 stop filter to help balance the light in the sky to that of the foreground. Doing this enabled me to use a slow shutter speed and high F-stop.

Maui has countless locations for photography, and each day the conditions change.  You never know what your going to get, and that’s part of the fun and the challenge.  Having a variety of filters on hand enables photographers to be creative no matter what the conditions or weather.

Creating images with water motion during the heat of the day

Creating images with water motion during the heat of the day

On location I carry a 1, 2, & 3 stop hard graduated Lee filter kit for the Nikon 14-24 mm lens.  For the 12-24 Nikon lens I have a BW 10 stop filter, 1, 2, & 3 stop soft neutral density kit as well.  At the top of my wish list is a reverse graduated neutral density filter.  This is a filter that has strong diffusion in the middle and as it goes up and down the diffusion lessons. This is perfect for Maui sunrises and sunsets.


About Doug Hoffman

Portrait and underwater fine art photographer.
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