Graduated NDs - my new best friends (R1)
Probably my best decision this year was to invest in a selection of graduated neutral density filters and a holder. These grads have taken my photography to another level and I've not looked back since.
A couple of examples below, taken using a 2-stop hard grad. I've since aquired a couple of reverse grads, 2 & 3 stop versions, which are especially useful for dawn shoots, being darker at the middle, where the horizon is brightest at sunrise, and getting progressively lighter towards the top of the filter. Great kit!