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Intensifying Filters

Part 1

After reading in different photography magazines about how wonderful enhancing and intensifier (also known as "Didymium") filters were in bringing out the reds and oranges in autumn colors, I decided to try one and bought a Hoya Intensifier Filter.

This tree in Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park still had a few of its leaves remaining, so I thought it would make a good test subject. I climbed over a split-rail fence and walked around in the dew covered grass and weeds until I found the angle I wanted, then set up my tripod.

I used a Nikon F100 camera body with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 28-70mm f/2.8 IF lens (set at 28mm) with Kodak Ektachrome E100GX slide film to capture these two images just moments apart.

As you can see in the comparison photos below, the filter did bring out the red in the leaves, but it also added a slight magenta cast to the sky, clouds and background. I will probably use this filter very sparingly.

Photo taken with a Hoya Intensifier Filter (file #)
With Hoya Intensifier Filter
Photo taken without any filter on the lens (file #)
Without any filter on the lens

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Last updated or revised on February 5, 2013.
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