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This was a stormy day in Brasília, ideal to capture some dramatic feelings with a cloud-rich sky (and to have your equipment wet to an inch of its integrity…). It was also my first opportunity to test my recently acquired set of neutral density and graduated (split) neutral density filters. I’ve never handled this kind of equip. (screw in the polarizer, then the adapter ring, then the filter holder… mind the screws… watch that filter resin!!... position the filter… oh, you forgot to spot meter the first plane in advance… the light conditions are changing… what is that bug on my lens… and the rain. Over? no!!! Now change the lens and start it all over…). I definitely respect those brave outdoor landscape photographers a bit more. I’m learning, though.

The idea here was to capture the drama in the sky while conveying a sense of beauty to the Paranoá Lake. Thus the long exposure, hold by the ND8 and the Lee nd grad. The rain really makes things hard. The filter is always sprinkled with water drops that you need to keep removing (note: one needs to bring lots of cleaning features, for rain, mud, hand grease, etc.). But I’m even more convinced of the essentiality of these two types of filters for serious landscape photography.

Filters: Hoya 77mm Pro1-D PL-C, Cokin ND8, Lee nd grad 4x6' 0.6 Soft (actually, I don't remember if I used the nd8 in this one, since the light was changing).

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To see all my pictures of Brasília, Brazil click here. More photos of the JK Bridge
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
15/3/2008 19:33:32
Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Tv (Shutter Speed): 15
Av (Aperture Value): 16.0 [f/22 is not the best aperture for resolution in my lens, just check the MTF chart, although it would be the best dof. It's a trade off.]
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: 10.0 - 20.0 mm
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
Image Size: 3888x2592
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: Manual focusing
File Size: 8383 KB
Drive Mode: Single-frame shooting

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