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    Posted: 22 Feb 2010 at 1:16pm
During the DVD when they are on Guernsey the guy that Karl goes to find on the beach appears to use a hand-held filter later on in the sequence. I started to think maybe it was just "splash protection", but he holds it half way across the lens (horizontally) so that made me think he was using it as a graduated filter.

I like the idea of big hand-held filters while I'm still learning so I can find out what types I want to actually buy to attach to the camera. I noticed when looking at filter holders and filters that you need adapter rings and all that sort of thing, but I'm not sure what's going to work for me or not just yet.

So I guess my question is - was it a hand-held filter? If so; where can I buy some?

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it may of been a Lee ND Grad filter he was hand holding, you can hold it over the lens as it's some size :)

yeah normally you would buy the adapter like the Lee Foundation Kit, then adapter ring for your lens, lots to choose from though!!

it may of been this:

ND Grad

probably the hard version!! hopefully someone with more experience can shed some light!!

Edited by Halflife - 22 Feb 2010 at 2:23pm
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Hi dwatkins,

In this particular instance i think Nick (the guy on the beach) was using a bit of card just to protect the end of his lens. I believe Nick, like Karl, uses Lee filters. I think it may have just been the way we cut this particular section that doesn't make it clear what he is doing.

However, its funny you should mention it perhaps being a hand held filter as a bit of card can be used as a makeshift filter to block out some of the light from the sky, although it takes some trial and error and is easier and more reliable just to get the graduated filter!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dwatkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 4:56pm
Thanks for both your answers.

Those Lee ones do look big enough to hold, but I think I'm going to stick with my Digital Grad filters in PhotoShop for the moment. Main reason is that as a newbie it takes a while to get my camera and tripod all setup correctly without having to think about filters just yet. Lost quite a few nice photos though 'setup lag'.

I want to do some more reading about Photoshop vs Real filters. I'd assume real filters are better: I guess I'd need to put a filter on my camera and take a photo, take it off and take another then add a digital grad filter to that second image and compare the two.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fab Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 5:17pm
no, you can get graduated filters. This is basically where half the filter is clear and half the filter is like an ND filter. This means that in one shot you can capture both the sky and foreground. To understand this better there is a section on the Travel and Landscape DVD where Karl is using one and you can see exactly what it does!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Halflife Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 6:08pm
Just watched the vid and what Fab says really, he's stopping the spray hitting the lens.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dwatkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 8:33pm
Fair enough - thanks - worth an ask :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nick32rs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2011 at 8:58am
A cheaper alternative to the lee type is the cokin P series, quite cheap off ebay too.
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