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#1 Tanner Almon

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 02:46 PM

Hi, next week I would like to shoot a test roll with a Nikon R-10 for a project that I am hoping to shoot soon. My test will be shot all outdoors in the desert. I will be shooting with Velvia 50D.

My question is this. I really would like my skys to pop (be really blue), and thus I am thinking about getting a Polarizer filter for my lens.

Here are my three questions...

1. Is a Polarizer filter the correct filter for getting bluer skys.

2. Is there a specific filter anyone would recommend that would fit the R-10.

3. Using the Velvia would I need to use the R-10s filter key or leave it out? This really confuses me.

That's pretty much it I guess. If anyone has any input at all I would definitely appreciate it.

Cheers!
Tanner
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#2 steve hyde

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 04:19 PM

Hi Tanner,

You need to USE the R10 filter key because Velvia is a daylight balanced film. If you don't use the filter key to remove the 85 amber filter your footage will look orange.

You might consider a circular polarizer. They allow you to *focus in* the blue of the sky, but your best blue will be shooting when the sun is at a 30 degree angle or less behind the camera. (the golden hour and approaching)

Velvia renders blue skies as well as any film on the planet. I think you will be okay without a filter as long as you shoot when the light is right..

hope this helps,

Steve

Edited by steve hyde, 15 March 2007 - 04:19 PM.

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#3 Tanner Almon

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:44 PM

Steve,

Thank you so much for writing back so soon. Your advice is exactly what I was looking for. I do have one quick question about the filter key. Unfortunately I do not have one, but I have read on here that a quarter would work. I was just wondering if you (or any one else) has had actual hands on experience of using a quarter as the filter key with the R-10.

Thanks again,
Tanner
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#4 steve hyde

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:51 PM

...I have the key for mine so I've never tried a quarter. I imagine a cut out piece of credit card plastic would work too.

Steve
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