When does a hard-edge graduated neutral density filter work best?


posted Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT


Australian photographer Andrew Marr is certainly spoiled for coastline. This time, he's exploring Burns Beach, which features nice waves and many rocks, which can act as a good foreground element. He's shooting at sunset, but he's not going to get a traditional sunset due to dense clouds along the horizon. However, he might get some nice clouds further up in the sky and some nice colors around and after sunset.

To help cut down on the reflections of light on wet sand and rocks, Marr uses a polarizing filter. He then uses a hard-edge 0.9 graduated neutral density filter. When using a flat horizon, the hard-edge can work very nicely. In a later image, he used a lighter 0.6 graduated neutral density filter as the lighting conditions changed and the scene became more even.

Join Marr on a relaxing seascape shoot and learn more about his camera settings and compositions in the video below. To see more of his work, visit his website.

(Via Andrew Marr