William Storey is an avid landscape/seascape photographer based in Scotland. Years of photographic experience have helped him create his own shooting style – broad panoramas with intense colours and perfect presentation of details.  The majority of his imagery is taken with the use of Lee Filters in which he came to be a self-taught expert with. Drawing from that experience, William is going to host a series of blog posts talking about particular filter types, their best application and useful practical tips.

In this post, he’ll share his experience with the Autumn Tin Resin Set, particularly the Coral 6 Graduated Lee filter.

Yorkshire Dales with coral grad filter

For this colour image, I used a Coral Grad. This filter was bought as part of a Lee Filters Autumn Tint set which included tobacco, coral and chocolate filters. When shooting with filters I like to use the whole range to achieve the results I desire, rather than sticking to the generic suggested by the set name.

Up in the Yorkshire Dales dry stone walls line the hills regardless of incline, dividing the patchwork of sheep farming which is the agriculture of Litton Dale. I used a 120mm lens on my Pentax 645z to somewhat compress the perspective and bring the drystone walls together, an aperture of F11 ensured good sharpness from edge to edge and ISO 100 allowed plenty of detail.

Yorkshire Dales without coral grad filter

The overall colour temperature of the day under heavy clouds and wind driven torrential showers was quite blue. Simply lifting the white balance may have risked upsetting the overall colour balance, the sky too was filled with many colours and contrasts right down into the base of the valley, with bright highlight areas and some very dark shadows.

I reached for my Coral Grad, and in manual mode made the same exposure but with the filter in place. I like the coloured grads as they also effect the exposure and this negated the need to introduce an ND grad in addition.  Some Lightroom adjustments have been made to both images to lift the clarity and the contrast through the misty conditions.

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. or Part 2: 0.9 Hard Graduated Natural Density Filter.

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