Canon 7D, Canon 14mm ƒ/2.8 L II lens, ISO 100
Top Photo: 1/800 sec at ƒ/8 … Bottom Photo: 1/500 sec at ƒ/8

I recently bought a Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Filter for a trip to Moab I’m taking soon. I’ve never been a huge landscape photographer, and don’t really use a lot of filters on my lens for my commercial photographs. However, after briefly using a cheapo Cokin ND-grad filter I decided to upgrade to a nicer, larger version.

I took a few photographs from my balcony to compare the difference between not using a filter, and using a filter. I stuck the camera on aperture priority (on ƒ/8), and took one without the filter, then placed the filter directly in front of the lens, lined up the horizon and took another photo. They were both edited exactly the same … just minor adjustments in Lightroom. I really like the results and am looking forward to using it on my Moab adventure later this week. :)