Grand Canyon- Proper Sunset exposure with Graduated ND Filter

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mfinley
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Re: Grand Canyon- Proper Sunset exposure with Graduated ND Filter
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Thira wrote:

Do not want to mess up my opportunity for some great shots.

RP

Bracket your exposures, sometimes there is no one right exposure with sunset/sunrises. Histograms are going to be buried off the charts with sunrise/sunset, the dynamic range will exceed the camera sensor's ability to record the entire range.

This is a digital camera, no making exposures and then sending film off to be developed after your trip and finally seeing the results a week later. Expose, look at the camera back, look at your results, adjust...

A polarizer isn't going to do you much good at sunrise, sunset with sun toward the middle of the frame, it will just be acting as an ND and reducing image quality.

3 stacked filters? Lot of image quality reduction, lots of flare with sun in the frame

The time to focus is anytime before the exposure is made as long as the camera doesn't move between focus and exposure

Thira wrote:

Do not want to mess up my opportunity for some great shots.

The sun rises and sets every day between now and your trip, time to get out there and do some test shooting some sunrises and sunsets before the trip and get yourself dialed in now not struggling while at the Grand Canyon. Remember you have a digital camera - instant results, very easy to shoot/examine results, shoot / examine results, repeat as necessary to answer questions and learn your camera and make your mistakes now not during that once in a life-time perfect sunrise at the Grand Canyon.

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