The Seascape Kit from Formatt Hitech has been specifically designed with coastal photography in mind. We asked our seascape ambassadors which filters they would most like to see included in the kit.
They replied a 0.9 GND (3 stop grad), and a 1.8 (6 stop ND). The graduated filter makes it possible to balance the exposure of the sky with the sea, while the 6 stop ND can be used to create a subtle movement to long exposures depending on the light.
The inclusion of both a Hard Grad and a Soft Grad makes the kit ideal for all coastal imagery, whether it be a flat or rough horizon. The Hard Grad can also be used to make very dramatic images right against the horizon of the ocean.
These surface-coated filters are made to withstand a great deal being made of toughened mineral glass which makes it significantly more resistant to dropping and impact damage. The modern multi-coating technology gives the filters many advantages over resin or traditional ND filters and is IRND, meaning it is suitable for all camera types.
Onyx can be stacked without cast or distortions. This makes it possible to stack solid ND with Grads for greater effect. Or to stack ND for stronger effects.
My only complaint is that the filter holder rotates mor or less freely on my lens. While it is useful to be able to tilt the Grads appropriately, it would be nice to be able to lock them in place once you get the alignment you want. A simple locking screw would do it.
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|85mm Onyx Seascape Kit
|85mm Firecrest Filter Holder
|1x 85x90mm ND1.8 (IRND)
|Graduated ND Soft Edge
|1x 85x110mm GND0.9 (IRND)
|Graduated ND Hard Edge
|1x 85mmx110mm HGND0.6 (IRND)
|77mm Ultraslim Circular Polarizer
|Included Adapter Rings
|77mm, 72mm, 67mm, 58mm
|Optional Adapter Rings
|62mm, 58mm, 52mm, 49mm, 46mm, 43mm, 40.5mm, 37mm
|Luxury Multi Pouch
Control harsh lighting conditions commonly found in landscapes that involve water
Create dreamy mist appearance to moving water
Multi coating technology for optimal image performance
Anti Reflective Coating
Designed to reduce reflections allowing more options for stacking filters
Constructed from hardened mineral glass for superior protection against accidental drops
Waterproof coating for worry free shooting in wet conditions
SHOT WITH ONYX
FORMATT HITECH AMBASSADORS
I shoot a lot of waterfalls and seascapes, I always need to slow down my shutter. Due to the fact that I mostly shoot those scenes at sunrise and sunset, a 6 Stop filter is often enough. ND Soft edge grad is what I often use in conjunction with the 6 Stop. In my seascapes I always try to balance out the scene and having everything done in-camera, so I often use a graduated filter for that. A polarizer is also always with me, I used it a lot of times to cut in reflections. As I shoot with water a lot, this filter is a must-have.
My heart belongs in seascape photography as I live for the sea at my feet and the salt air in my lungs, those moments I get to steal away from the world and submerse myself in nature. I also run a lot of photography workshops along the coastline which is a real bonus as its never work when you love doing it. Photography is not a job its more of a way of life for me.
Exploring the great outdoors really helps me to unwind from day to day pressures and balance the mind. I often become overwhelmed by the scenes in front of me and struggle with appropriate composition but since falling in love with long exposure techniques I can slow things down and sometimes turn a mediocre shot into something special.
ONYX FILTER SYSTEM
Add different densities of Onyx ND filters to your kit for variety and versatility when the light changes.