If you prefer to use special color filters in what I call "sheet"
form, the wide variety offered by Cokin and LEE fit the bill. With an adapter
that mounts on the front of your lens, filters in the "P" category
can be slid up and down (in the case of color graduated filters) to compress
the values between a bright blue sky or mountaintop and a shaded meadow. There
are more combinations than one can count and, between the two makers, just about
any effect can be achieved. Cost is governed by the filter, filter adapter,
or Cokin graduated color filters are available in most sizes to
fit any camera. This one is mounted on a Nikon lens with a 77mm
placid lake in western Colorado was a perfect candidate for the
graduated blue filter. Since the sky was lifeless without clouds,
I added just a touch of blue from my filter to make the photograph
Flare is always a concern when outdoors and no matter how you try to shade extreme
side or front lighting, the proper lens shade always seems to be left at home.
Nikon has found a solution to fight flare, and you'll only find it in
their special edition accessory catalog. At times, when using their brand of
polarizer with an oversized adjusting ring it's hard to get a lens shade
to match. If you order the Nikon HN-13 (for 72mm polarizing filters) or the
HN-34 (for 77mm polarizing filters) you'll have all the bases covered.
These lens hoods allow you to adjust the rate of polarization by just turning
the hood, a blessing in cold weather when you'd like to keep gloves on.
Current prices run from $28-$35, depending upon filter size.
who might have the Nikon polarizer with the oversized front ring
can add a Nikon lens hood for protection against side or front lighting.
As an extra benefit, the larger front surface makes adjusting the
polarizer easy even with gloves on.
is the perfect reason for using the lens shade over the polarizer
as it kept the strong side and top light from degrading the image.
For digital fans, the CardBus 32 adapter made by Delkin offers those plagued
by slow downloads after a full day of shooting some relief. This 32-bit device
cuts the dreaded download time by 4-6 times over the conventional 16-bit adapter.
Load the CD into your laptop, download the program, insert your CompactFlash
card into the adapter, and wham, all those megabytes start flying into your
pre-selected folder. List price from Delkin's online store is $47.99.
Delkin 32-bit CardBus adapter fits handily into the PCMCIA slot
in your laptop, comes in a variety of card sizes, and will transfer
images up to 4-6 times faster than the common 16-bit cards.
Stan Trzoniec is a frequent "Shutterbug" contributor and a widely
published author on the outdoors, photography, railroads, birding, and travel.
His new photography book, "Images of the Present" is now available
direct. He can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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