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Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« on: March 25, 2010, 05:32:59 AM »
I am off to my beloved Drakensberg mountains again over Easter. This can be a very harsh environment and all that I am willing to risk is my A350 with a 28 to 80 kit lens , weight is a very serious consideration.
Now, the terrain above the treeline is beautiful but a little bland, with the green grass and shrub fading into the brown earth and rocks. With these colours it becomes difficult to define  a hill from the land mass behind it. In the heat of the day, the sky gets a little pale as well.

What I really miss up here are the beautiful green renditions that the I get in the lower forrest, that the A350 does so well.

I am looking for advice on settings AND filters to take along. I don't have any filters yet so this is a chance to set myself up.

Rolling landscapes and sunrise shots are my main aim on this trip.

 I will post if I get some descent shots.
 
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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 05:31:31 PM »
Good luck for the trip.
The main filters id be looking to get are a Polariser to cut down glare and boost colours, and a set of ND grads to balance exposures.


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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 01:27:42 AM »
Yes a thin circular polarizer for sure.

Have a great trip!

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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2010, 07:54:09 AM »
Is Kenko one of the better polorisers.
 I can get on for $50.
 It's going to be a bit of a pain with a rotating lens, but I have all the time i need for most of the shots.

 It's a stop gap on my way to the new Sigma 17-70 which unfortunately uses a larger filter, but hey you can't call yourself a photographer unless you can improvise.
 I there an on-line source where I can gen-up on ND filters.

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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2010, 05:27:34 PM »
Id be inclined to go with Hoya over Kenko (although i think they are made by Hoya) they are a cheaper version.
As for the larger filter of the impending Sigma, just get the right size filter for this and get a step down ring, save having to buy twice.

This may help for the use of nd grads http://blog.dynaxdigital.com/photography-tips/how-to-take-sunset-pictures



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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2010, 11:51:48 PM »
Hoya polariser for me. ND, ND graduated, and / or tobacco graduated (I prefer cokin brand for these).

Settings, I don't normally do landscapes, and haven't for a very long time. I'd be using Manual most often, iso100. Shutter speeds can vary, if I'm using a lens 100mm or shorter, then 1/125 is minimum, or else use a tripod if you need longer shutter speeds. If you're using about 300mm focal length, then 1/300 would be my usual minimum shutter speed (wind and distance dependent). If you have plenty of light, then feel free to use much higher shutter speeds. For landscapes, perhaps f9 to f16? For details in the mountains (like flowers, unusual rocks, birds, and things), then I'd use about f4 to f7.1, depending on what I want.

A friend of mine loves hiking and photography... unfotunate for him. So, he carries a cheap simple tripod, good expensive lenses (heavy), a good camera, and then the remainder of his hike pack is dedicated to other unimportant stuff like... err... food, tent, and clothes. :)

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Re: Bland But Beautiful Mountains.
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 10:13:29 PM »
Thank you all for the help so far.

I used the poloriser today and it's not so bad on a rotating front lens, and does not upset the focus when turned, the light was good though.
I'm off tomorrow so hopefully there will be some good mountain pics by next Tuesday.

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