Hoya HMC ND4 Filter

Posted On: August 27, 2009
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There will be occasions when you have to take a picture under the harsh afternoon sun. For instance, when you are on a tour and the schedule just does not permit a revisit to a place under better lighting conditions. In such cases, your photos may just turn out with overblown skies, with loss of details in the clouds, such as the case below.

One solution is to cut down the brightness of the entire scene. A Neutral Density filter does just that and can be attached to the front of your lens, effectively limiting the amount of light entering the lens by a designated number of stops. In the sample below, I applied an ND4 filter and you may immediately see the benefits as the details are once again returned to the skies.

I used a Hoya HMC ND4 filter on top of my Hoya HMC UV filter (which is always on the lens) with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Both photos taken at f/8 and 1/1000 secs. It does not change the color hue nor saturation of the image. Results are just great!

Admittedly, landscapers use the ND graduated filter more often, and perhaps circular polarizes are used even more in general. But that will be another topic for another time 🙂