May 15, 2011-Clouds. After having t-storms all night, losing power and a restless pup, the sky finally cleared and I was able to get outside. I was wondering should I be using a filter and if so what kind should I use? (Day 135:365 @sharkbayte)
Love Love Love this shot!! We have a camera club theme this month for clouds, and we have had nothing but a mass of grey-white overcast for days....and this shot is just fantastic exactly as it is.....wouldn't change a thing!! If you look closely you'll see there are people in it....your 'guides' perhaps : )
I don't know if you "should" have used a filter...but you could try experimenting with either of these (particularly the polarizing filter for the sky):
A polarizing filter, used both in color and black and white photography, filters out light polarized perpendicularly to the axis of the filter. This has three applications in photography: it reduces reflections from some surfaces, it can darken the sky and it saturates the image more by eliminating unwanted reflections.
A neutral density filter (ND filter) is a filter of uniform density which attenuates light of all colors equally. It is used to allow a longer exposure (to create blur) or larger aperture (for selective focus) than required for correct exposure in the prevailing light conditions, without changing the tonal balance of the photograph.
A graduated neutral density filter is a neutral density filter with different attenuation at different points, typically clear in one half shading into a higher density in the other. It can be used, for example, to photograph a scene with part in deep shadow and part brightly lit, where otherwise either the shadows would have no detail or the highlights burnt out.
It is my understanding that these are the filters that work best with digital SLRs; colored filters only work with film.