A day in Glencoe
By dundeedaviehudson, Dec 19 2017 06:34PM
The kit I use to make my photographs is chosen very carefully, it has to fit into my workload and it has to ultimately be functional. With all this in my changing any part of what I do makes me very nervous indeed and it was with these nerves I decided to go to Glencoe to test out my newly bought filters from Formatt Hitech.
Up to this point I never used filters often, they were an afterthought , usually favouring putting my f-stop right up and my ISO right down to generate a little time but more and more I was recognising that I was going to have to buy filters. I'm not the kinda guy to rush into buying camera equipment so there was a lot of research done and opinions asked for (from people I trust and rate highly) and this process took about 6 months from start to finish.
I found them so easy to use with the holder being a very pleasant surprise at the ease of use in location with freezing hands and all my questions were answered on the first shot of the day.
For the first shot of Etive Mor I used the Circular Polariser along with the 0.6 grad ND and the 6 Stop ND, I set the camera to f22 for maximum length and ran the camera for 40 seconds...... the shot I got answered all my questions in one go.
This is the shot I made with the first attempt, i'm really happy with it mainly because they fit into my workflow, don't slow me down and will save so much time at the editing stage because I get what I saw in my head, and that for me is vital.
After I moved locations I had an idea of what I wanted .... A waterfall that I have had great success with, but more close up and as long as possible, I wanted the rocks floating on a cloud.
Again I got the colour replication and sharpness I demanded in this image without having to compromise at all.
For me a successful day meaning I can go out on phototrips safe in the knowledge that what I want I will get, choosing Formatt Hitech was definitely the right decision for me and my work.
Davie Hudson December 2017