This is my first image shot with the circular Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 16 stops ND filter that I have just received a few days ago, and with the T/S lens + Canon 5D MKIII, and it is a landscape!
Yes, I’m an architecture lover but I’m in love with nature too. I wanted to work on some landscape for a long time (last one I did was at Christmas) but I was totally absorbed this year by architecture, by writing the book (From Basics to Fine Art with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar), my mentorships, workshops and other projects.
Till I received the new Firecrest. This filter is so easy to use and it gives you such great results that it inspired me to go back in nature and shoot some new work. And I’m so glad I did it! I had forgotten how great it is to be face to face with the immensity and beauty of nature. Where you need no words because just by looking at the scenery, by looking nature right in the eyes, you understand what this is all about and what is the essence of everything. I love the city but nothing beats some fluffy playful clouds over the mountains or the sea. And the silence… nothing beats the silence and the peace…
As for the filters, I have to say I’m so very impressed. It’s like shooting without any filter at all, that’s how neutral these filters are. I was shooting exposures of 8 minutes and more at sunset these days, exposures where all NDs would give you a lot of color cast, just to try this filter at its limits. Well, guess what! No color cast whatsoever, it’s that good! I’ll let you all know more of my impressions with the new Firecrest (plus RAW files) soon.
You can also see above a screenshot taken during my processing and the color image you can see is my final color version before converting to black and white. The colors are enhanced a bit here to give me better black and white tones, but as you can see, there is no color cast at all. I will show you in my review the RAW file of this image too.
I’ll be back in a couple of days with more thoughts on the Firecrest filters, and some RAW files too so you can see the results of shooting with these filters for yourself. But in one word, I just love the new Firecrest filters!
Much more about these filters I will show and tell you in person at my NEW YORK 2016 (en)VISIONOGRAPHY Workshop on May 27-29 . If you want to join me, you can find out more and sin up for the workshop at the link.
Long Exposure Tilt-Shift image.
– Camera settings: 473.0 sec. (~ 8 minutes) @ f/14, ISO 100
– Neutral Density Filters: circular ND 16 stops Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 16
– Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
– T/S settings – no tilt, no shift, camera and lens leveled perfectly horizontal.
– LR5, PS CS6, Topaz Labs B&W Effects +DeNoise + Detail, NIK Silver Efex Pro.
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UPDATE: As I said I’ll be back with more on these filters. I just posted a Full Review of the Firecrest 16 Stops ND Filters (IRND 4.8) by Formatt-Hitech and you can read it at the link provided.
Julia Anna Gospodarou – (en)Visionographer
Julia Anna Gospodarou is an architect with a Master degree, a multiple award-winning black and white fine art photographer, (en)Visionographer, author and sought-after educator, founder of (en)Visionography™ and Photography Drawing™, author of the best-selling book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography (co-author Joel Tjintjelaar), with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide, published internationally in numerous books and magazines, passionate about beauty and trying to spread it into the world.