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    Default what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    what type of filter should i use to get deep blue sky picture?

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbeng View Post
    what type of filter should i use to get deep blue sky picture?
    Circular Polarizer.
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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Try a red filter...
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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    you want really deep blue sky on any given day, try 80A,
    other alternative are blue gradual filter. Hoya pop blue filters.

    you want blue sky on sunny day, try Circular Polarizer.
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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    CPL is useful.. i own them in 52,62,67,77mm.. sometime troublesome to carry all.

    But for CPL to work the sky must be at least abit blue to begin with.

    for landscape i usually use gradual filters..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Try a red filter...
    Huh?

    You are sure?

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    red filter is for black n white photos. will make the sky look darker in the black n white photo.

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    I just want to point out that if you have a white washed sky, nothing will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    I just want to point out that if you have a white washed sky, nothing will help.
    Well, perhaps a graduated blue filter (as pointed out by catchlights) might just do the trick!

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by student View Post
    Well, perhaps a graduated blue filter (as pointed out by catchlights) might just do the trick!
    If you insist........ by all means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    If you insist........ by all means.
    I do not. I do not use one at all.

    For those who insist, it can sometimes help in such "nothing will help" sitiations.

    Just clarifying that there may be possible solutions to the "nothing will help" situations.
    Last edited by student; 11th February 2007 at 09:45 PM.

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    No problem. Personally, a blue filter won't cut it. I would imagine the TS has landscape or architectural stuff in mind (I might be off). In that case, nothing beats knowing the light well and identifying a good time to shoot. The subjects are always there, so I plan for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Try a red filter...
    yup! it turn the blue sky into deep blue(or more purple)

    blue+red=purple

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbeng View Post
    what type of filter should i use to get deep blue sky picture?
    filterless. in adobe lightroom, u can tune the vibrance w/o clipping e 8bit RGB. save some $ this way.

    alternatively, the cir pol also serves as a neutral density filter for lower shutter speed at 0.

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    No problem. Personally, a blue filter won't cut it. I would imagine the TS has landscape or architectural stuff in mind (I might be off). In that case, nothing beats knowing the light well and identifying a good time to shoot. The subjects are always there, so I plan for it.
    Of course you are absolutely correct. The best is to make such photographs in the right time.

    And the graduated blue filter will not work well in a situation where there are protruding structures to the sky, such as steep mountains or high buildings. I suppose it might work to some extent (if one insists) in a situation where there is a relatively "even" horizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by student View Post
    Huh?

    You are sure?
    My bad... Thinking too much about BnW these days...

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    Can use Gradual ND also...

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    Default Re: what filter to use to get deep blue sky?

    My method to get blue sky is simply simple. I will meter the sky and shoot the shot. I will get underexposed foreground. I use photoshop to adjust the foreground to balance the exposure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb View Post
    My method to get blue sky is simply simple. I will meter the sky and shoot the shot. I will get underexposed foreground. I use photoshop to adjust the foreground to balance the exposure.
    that's what I do sometimes too...although, sometimes if the contrast is too high I might increase exposure abit so the stuff on the ground doesn't become too murky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK View Post
    that's what I do sometimes too...although, sometimes if the contrast is too high I might increase exposure abit so the stuff on the ground doesn't become too murky...
    Agree with you. But if contrast too high, use any filter also encounter same problem. Best is shoot during morning and late afternoon
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