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Daryl Benson reverse graduated filters – in neutral and orange density – were pioneered by Singh-Ray to solve a common lighting challenge for landscape photographers.
Unlike our Rowell grads, these filters are darkest in the center, clear on the bottom and transition from dark to light above the horizon. That makes them ideal to use during sunrises and sunsets with flat or defined horizons, such as the seashore, prairie or desert.
Typically, these scenes feature a bright horizon, dark foreground and medium-bright sky above the horizon. When you position the Benson grad with the darkest density on the horizon line, it will hold back the bright horizon, lighten the foreground through the clear portion of the filter and add a subtle gradation of brightness to the sky – all in a single exposure and without hours of post processing.
“Singh-Ray’s reverse grad solves a contrast challenge often faced by those of us who love to shoot sunrise and sunset scenes. These scenes rarely look ‘real’ to me in HDR. They do with this filter. With a little practice, you’ll be able to reduce and balance the contrast range to a level that can be captured in one exposure, with dramatic, natural results.”
Click for slideshow of the types of photos you could be making with Singh-Ray reverse graduated ND filters.
© Tony Sweet (tonysweet.com)
|No filter||With 3-stop reverse grad|
© Scott Schilling (scottfschilling.com)
“For this image from Yosemite, I used the Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse ND Grad.
This filter is particularly useful when shooting sunrises or sunsets that may be very bright
along the horizon line and then darker as you move up into the sky.”
© Edwin Martinez (edwinmartinezphoto.com)
“I waited for the sun to set just below the mountain ranges and for it to illuminate the sky.
The cumulus clouds made the sky brilliant.
I used the 3-stop Daryl Benson Reverse Graduated ND filter as it effectively held back the bright band
of the sun at the horizon without darkening the upper portion of the sky.”