I guess I am doing something wrong! I have seen so many gorgeous photos done with the ND filters. I have the 4x (2 stops) and the 8x (3 stops) filters. I do not know if I am just metering wrong or if I am suppose to take two shots and combine them, which I really do not want to do. When I metered the shot, I metered off of the middle tone in the sky and it made the sky come out gorgeous, but the ground areas were extremely dark! When I metered off of the middle tone on the ground the ground really made no change, but the sky was really blown out. I am wanting to use these filters when I go to the beach to get great shots of the sunset as well as a smooth/silky beach. If anyone can please point out what I am doing wrong I would soooo much appreciate it!!