They were so unique filters, not ND filters alike, but so called “star(or cross) filters”.
The filters has already released, but it seems they has not got deserved popularity so far.
I hope this review would get your interest for the filters.
Even in the digital age, it’s fairly difficult to have a natural looking cross filter effect on your image.
It’s possible, but take some time for having an ideal effect.(and end result would be a quite photoshoppy.)
So if you want to have those fancy effect on your images, the fastest way is use tangible, real filters.
The bellow example is shot by “Fireburst 4point Star (color:frame)”.
There are already various types of star filters from various manufactures.
So what is the different?
Let’s compare Kenko’s R-Cross Screen.
See the line effect is pretty longer and sharper than kenko’s.
I was not interested in “star filters” since I thought those filters for making “Fancy” or “Fantasy” images. However the solid sharp line of fireburst was so different that I instantly became fun of them.
You can choose various type of Fireburst filters.
My recommendation is stacking two 2point star fireburst filters; you can adjust angle of stars in your image.
The bellow image is from Formatt-Hitech web site.(taken by Jim Moody)
Pretty cool hah?
Using them in a city night scape is most common but using them in “still life” also is favor.
How about shooting sun, which is the most powerful light source?
In this case, the sun light was so strong that made the star so flashy.
So, in the bellow example I mitigated the sun light with the bullring for adjusting the the ideal size of star.
The line is pretty clean The gap on the line starts to appear, but still OK. The gap starts to noticeable. Still the line lives... The line was broken. I don't like it.
The line is pretty clean
The gap on the line starts to appear, but still OK.
The gap starts to noticeable.
Still the line lives...
The line was broken.
I don't like it.
You should remember that the line is getting brake with larger “F”.
This is not only for “fireburst”, but all star filters have same characteristics.
I love light-trails. But a beautiful long car-light-trails needs larger “F” for having longer shatter speed. Here is the dilemma I said before.
However, in the digital photography, it’s easy to control the effect after shooting.
Having both images, filtered-image and non-filtered image, makes you
easy to control those effects with Photoshop.
This is my image using the technique I mentioned. You can have cool stars where you want to focus with layer masks in Photoshop.
It’s still hot while daytime, so why don’t you go shoot to the night city with fireburst? You can buy directly with Formatt-Higech website.
Don’t forget apply the 10% coupon code “WADA10“.
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