I am finally starting to get the hang of my 2 stop reverse graduated neutral density filter which I have rarely taken out of the bag.
Usually when the sky is brighter than the foreground I use my 2 or 3 stop graduated ND. The difference between them is that the regular grad ND is darker at the top and fades to lighter in the middle and clear at the bottom whereas the reverse grad ND is clear at the bottom, has a dark section in the middle, and fades to lighter on top. It is perfect when the sky is brighter at the horizon than it is in the top of the frame.
To show you the difference the filter makes, here are two unprocessed raw images. I used my 3 stop grad ND on the image on the left and the 2 stop reverse grad ND on the image on the right.
Here’s how the final image turned out:
I made this image at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island, the largest of the Discovery Islands Group located between the middle of Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia.
In Nik Silver Efex Pro I converted the image to black and white choosing the “wet rocks” preset.
The reverse graduated neutral density filter is my new favourite filter! What is your favourite filter to use in the field?