Hitech Filter Review : Something Changed for the Worse

I do my best to keep this a gear free blog but I have had several frustrations with filters over the past several years. And despite those frustrations, I continue to see positive reviews. If you’re not a photographer yourself, you can skip over this post.

I love to hate filters. A pain to use but sometimes necessary. If I must carry around a set of expensive glass and resin slides, they better be worth the effort.

The basis of this blog post is that I believe the brand Hitech has been inconsistent with their manufacturing. When I bought my first Cokin-P sized Hitech filter, I was quite happy with it. Then I added a second, third, forth, and fifth by late 2010. They all preformed very well, were all neutral, and I became a supporter of the cheaper more affordable brand. But that has all changed and I now feel guilty for recommending them.

Vignette is a real problem on wide lenses and to solve that, I needed bigger filters. Without hesitation, I ordered the same but larger Hitech filters. Shock was an understatement when they arrived with a strong magenta coating. Nobody from the customer service took the time to respond so I’ll make my own conclusions.

The real icying on the cake was when I broke one of my good filters. I reordered the same filter in spring-2012 and it too suffers from the same magenta curse. Same part number. Same camera store.

What did Formatt Hitech change and why? Are they better again because I’m starting to see more and more positive support for them.

After much hesitations, last night I press published on the oopoomoo blog asking a very simple questions. Are Hitech Filters Any Good? You can see the full review there.

Bee in Flight

Photographing Insects in Flight

For reasons I can’t explain, I set out earlier this summer with the goal of photographing a bee in flight. I suppose it was for the challenge. Although not perfect and has room for improvements, I think these first attempts are pretty good.

Bee in Flight

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Maintaining a Photoblog for 10 Years

I consider Sam Javanrouh one of the original photo bloggers and a friend whom I’ve never met. Back in the old days when a blog was still considered a Web Log, and the general public looked at you funny when you mentioned the word, the Toronto-based creative director launched a small website in 2003 to share his images with friends and family. Appropriately titled the Daily Dose of Imagery (ddoi). But the popularity of this website grew, achieving a life of it’s own, and I believe, helped define of the term photoblog.

Sam also gets credit (although he doesn’t know it) for indirectly helping me select my first camera and lens because the first SLR camera I bought was because that was what he was using. And I also suppose Sam receives some credit for my decision to rebrand my own weblog (at the time, very random) to a much more focused photoblog starting in January 2006.

Fast forward to 2013 and this past July 4th marked the Daily Dose of Imagery’s 10 year anniversary completing a decade of photography! With such an incredible dedication that is unmatched from any other website I know, I wanted to quickly talk with Sam about the past 10 years, his motivation to continue, and if we can expect to see more images in the future.

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Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

The Best Beach in Canada

Vacay.ca believes that answer is Basin Head, located (N 46 22.853 W 62 06.590) on the eastern end of Prince Edward Island, roughly a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Charlottetown. This title of #1 has had the local media buzzing. Here is what Vacay had to say:

For reasons scientists are still trying to figure out, this beach makes a strange swishing sound whenever the wind swirls or when a visitor walks on it. Tourism officials on Prince Edward Island suggest the reason may be because of the texture and consistency of the quartz sand. Nevertheless, the sound is a unique feature of a beach that has some of the warmest waters north of Florida. In summer, the water temperature will top 21 Celsius degrees (70 Fahrenheit) at Singing Sands and other sandy spots on PEI, which has more than 800 kilometres of beaches to explore.

Why This Beach Rocks: Some of the warmest waters in the northern hemisphere. The supervised beach is in a day-use (summer) park that has a play area, food, washroom, shower facilities, and the Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

- Vacay.ca

Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

Today’s Image – Singing Sands at Basin Head Beach

I have not yet made the drive to Basin Head this summer, but here is an image from the archives of this clear water beach on a foggy day.