Filters for Landscape Photography. Part 2: Lee 0.9 Hard Graduated Natural Density Filter.

In this post, William Storey will explain why and how he used the Lee 0.9 Hard Graduated Natural Density Filter.

I love a bit of drama in my landscape photographs. Sometimes subtle is more appropriate, other times adding deep shadows adds a little something which really lifts the atmosphere. Being out and about in the hills and mountains of Scotland the weather can change at any moment so action packed clouds are quite common place.

Lochfyne without Lee 0.9 hard grad filter

In this photograph, not only did I wish to deepen the sky but also to retain the detail of the grass in the foreground. The way in which the Loch has washed the tussocks; leaving them as evidence of currents and eddies give further perspective to the dramatic composition.

Lee 0.9 Hard Grad ND filter results

Lochfyne with Lee 0.9 hard grad filter

Although edited in black and white, one of the important factors for me is the consistency of neutral density throughout the range of Lee ND filters.

As you can see from the two photographs the filter was mounted at an angle and pushed well into the holder. Any less and I would have chanced having a mismatch between sky and water, using the filter this way has kept the grass nicely detailed and brought the heavy clouds to play a major part in the picture.


If you’d like to learn about other Lee filters, have a look at Part 1 of the series: 0.45 Hard Graduated ND Filter.

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