Using filters (ND, Grad) in the rain

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I like using filters ( 100 x 150mm or 100 x 100mm) for landscape photography.
Always when I use them it's on a nice sunny day. To get more interesting photos I would like to shoot with more interesting weather like rain.
To protect the front element of a lens you can use a lenshood. But filters stuck out for the front element and are big.
How to protect the filters from getting wet? Any advice?
 
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I use the Lee Seven5 filter system, which has an optional hood. Short of that, just carry an umbrella, have a dry cloth on hand, and use a tripod.
 

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No it isn't. Maybe I can find a way to attach it to the tripod.
But I was hoping that there are some smaller solutions available.
I would not advise attaching the umbrella to the tripod. Just a bit of wind could cause the tripod to shake or shift. I was holding an umbrella during a rainstorm and it was causing me to shake and shift. :)

If there's no other solution, a garbage bag and some gaffer tape might have to do.
 

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But I was hoping that there are some smaller solutions available.
A small umbrella? :rolleyes-38:

I would not advise attaching the umbrella to the tripod. Just a bit of wind could cause the tripod to shake or shift. I was holding an umbrella during a rainstorm and it was causing me to shake and shift. :)
Ya I wasn't either. I mentioned if he was shooting on a tripod with the suggesting thinking more along the lines of having a hand free if you didn't need to hold the camera, you could then hold an umbrella and still fire the shutter on the camera.
 

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Ya I wasn't either. I mentioned if he was shooting on a tripod with the suggesting thinking more along the lines of having a hand free if you didn't need to hold the camera, you could then hold an umbrella and still fire the shutter on the camera.
Hehehe... we all need a third hand sometimes. Pretty hard to work a camera even on a tripod with only one hand. When my wife asks me to do something while I'm fully tasked with something else, I say, "sorry dear, I only have three hands."

But, wherever's there's a will, there's a way. I'm sure that people with only one hand do just fine. I once observed a tennis player who was born with only one hand. He managed to serve and play a good game with that one hand.
 

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I was wondering about taking an outdoor umbrella, usually used for shade, but mine is a bit waterproof for a period of time. Bit of a problem to lug the stand around - depends where you're shooting I suppose.

I take an umbrella and kind of hook it between my chin and shoulder. Can't do it for long though.
 

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This is when you need an interested helper to support you, and carrry the tripod and bag. My wife declines the offer.
 

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Nothing lasts forever, and we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to use a filter in a cold and windy rain.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Well, I could have...but where's the fun in that?
 

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Unless you're using graduated filters, maybe try a circular filter that screws onto the lens. That way you can still use the normal lens hood.
 

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A supermarket plastic bag which conveniently protects filter, lens and camera between shots when parked on a tripod.

An umbrella during exposures.

It's one time when a tripod really is very handy. Most of us (excepting those on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine trial) only have two hands.
 
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A supermarket plastic bag which conveniently protects filter, lens and camera between shots when parked on a tripod.

An umbrella during exposures.

It's one time when a tripod really is very handy. Most of us (excepting those on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine trial) only have two hands.
Indeed, I think I will make something with old electronic wires (with a hard copper core) and some plastic bag. It doesn't have to look pritty as long as it works.
 

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