What filters is he using???

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  1. Alaska_Photo_Shooter

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    Hello,

    I am planning on getting a Canon 20d w/ a Canon 24-105 lens. Right now I am busy researching what kind of filters I might need.

    So, to get to the point, I really admire this photographer on Panoramio.

    Here is the link so you can look at his pics:

    Panoramio - Photos by Andrey Jitkov


    And I would like to know what kind of filters he is using. Especially in his landscape shots. He definitely uses a polarizer filter and ND filters, but what on earth does he use, that makes his shots so bright!??

    Any comments would be appreciated!:D
     
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    looks like HDR to me
     
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    I do not think he is using HDR on all of those landscape shots. I think he is using filters and very good post processing techniques. Plug-ins like NIK can help a lot with this stuff.
     
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    I see some GND filter work, some HDR work using exposure blending rather than tone mapping, and some good editing. He looks to have a very good understanding of how photography works.
     
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    He is probably using multiple filters in the landscape shots. Any ideas about which ones?
     
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    I'm not very well versed in digital postprocessing. However he may just have the eye for it and patience to find his vision. Have you ever seen Michael Fatali's work? No filters,post processing magic and all natural light. IMHO he is the epitome of what is possible through sight,subject and patience.

    And I like the OP link images as well. Regardless of how they were made.
     
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    You could always send him an email and get the answer from the source ;)
     
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    I would be curious to know, as well. If anyone finds out.
     
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    He is also pretty lucky with his location. He's in Russia, and there you get tons of great scenery and interesting situations very often. I used to live there and even with my P&P i had splendid photos. Unfortunately they all died with my busted hard drive.
    But actually I'd be pretty careful walking around with a DSLR in Russia, especially these days.
    And of course, his images are well processed and also I smell sharp gear. Ah, and he's still pretty talented.

    Filters?
    Just a get a polarizer and shoot everything in RAW. With P&P you can ditch all other filters except this one.
    Rarely ND's and ND grads are used, and i do have them. They are useful only if you don't shoot raw or want a result instantly.
    NDs can make the scene darker if you want to motion blur during the day, but they multiply the probability of dust..... so....
     
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    Really? I would like some clarity on this. I have shot some landscapes and they were in Raw but I dont have a filter yet and have been debating between the ND, GND, or a CPF and of course been advised three different ways to Sunday.
     
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    He uses a Canon EOS 20D with an EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 lens, no mention of filters.
     
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    There are some things that can't be done using the filters in an image editor.

    For example you need to do a mid-day shoot of a waterfall but want silky, blurred water.

    The only way that can be done is with a dark enough ND filter(s) on the lens so you can get down to a 1/4 second or so shutter speed.

    CPL (Circular PoLarising) filter effects can't be duplicated with image editing software.
     

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