Lately I’ve been going “retro” with my photography. I bought a spot meter and a creative filter kit for me camera. It’s all part of my deliberate effort to slow my photography down and shoot less shots that are higher quality.
Getting into filters again has been interesting. I decided to go with the ZPro size Cokin filter holder because it allows me to use my ultra-wide lenses without vignetting.
After a fair bit of research I decided to go with the Singh Ray Graduated ND filters which I love! I also decided to buy a Cokin 3 stop ND filter. I figured that even though Cokin are cheap filters I couldn’t go too badly wrong with a simple ND filter…… Wrong!
When I started shooting I noticed a kind of candy pink colour cast coming out in my shots (you can see it clearly in the shot below.
I was perplexed by the pink sky I was getting but didn’t get a chance to diagnose the source. About a week later I was shooting some sunrise shots and I clearly saw the pink cast again come up on the camera LCD, so I did a simple test… I pulled out the Cokin ND and left in the Singh Ray filter. Here’s the results…
Now whether you like the pink sky or not… the fact is that it SHOULD be neutral (the colour on the right). If I want a coloured sky then I would add a tobacco filter or colour it in post production. But I didn’t.
I have taken my Cokin ND back to the shop I bought it from and I am trying to get a refund. I am paying the extra money for Lee ND filters which have come highly recommended.
Moral of the story… You get what you pay for… filters aint filters.