• Andrew JK Tan

NiSi Natural Night Filter - This is one Cool filter AND it works very well !


A relative new addition to the NiSi filter range , the NiSi Natural Night Filter was designed to "block" the most common wavelengths of light pollution. Especially in cityscape scenes which may have mercury vapour , sodium and low CRI streetlights. These lights produce undesirable wavelengths that pollute the night sky.

I was definitely anxious to try this filter out , so I took it for the first test run by photographing our very own iconic cityscape skyline along Marina Bay (Singapore).

The images shared below :

- were captured with the Nikon D850 with Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8G ED lens

- White Balance of camera set to AUTO (Normal)

- Used the NiSi S5 Filter Holder system

I am going to share TWO sets of With Vs. Without Filter images for you to compare. All the images are :

- RAW captures

- Open files WITHOUT any post processing

- Resized & Saved for web display

Set 1 - No Post Processing , Time captured : 7:30pm (during Blue Hour)

WITHOUT NiSi Natural Night Filter

Warmer cast overall

Water reflection colors dominated mainly by orange & yellow tones

(Click on image to see larger Flickr Lightbox version)

WITH NiSi Natural Night Filter

A cooler tone overall but still with appropriate warm colors captured

A more appealing looking sky (as it was blue hour time)

Buildings have better contrast and better perception of definition and "pop"

A wider range of colors captured in the water reflections

(Click on image to see larger Flickr Lightbox version)

Overall for Set 1 - The image captured WITH the NiSi Natural Night Filter gets the nod from me

Set 2 - No Post Processing , Time Captured : 7:34pm (During Blue Hour)

WITHOUT NiSi Natural Night Filter

Warmer cast overall

Water reflection colors dominated mainly by orange & yellow tones

Lesser separation between cityscape and sky

(Click on image to see larger Flickr Lightbox version)

WITH NiSi Natural Night Filter

A cooler tone overall but still with appropriate warm colors captured

A more appealing looking sky (as it was blue hour time)

Buildings have better contrast and better perception of definition and "pop"

Buildings look more natural - Jubilee Bridge definitely looks more natural in color

Better separation between cityscape and sky

A wider range of colors captured in the water reflections

(Click on image to see larger Flickr Lightbox version)

Overall for Set 2 - The image captured WITH the NiSi Natural Night Filter again gets the nod from me

The NiSi Natural Night Filter that I used

150mm x 150mm

High Definition Glass filter

Ultra Low Reflection

Anti-Reflection coating on both sides

Waterproof coating on both sides

This filter is definitely a piece of High Quality glass.

Summary of First Experience with the NiSi Natural Night Filter

- Most importantly I got appealing results which had better definition & separation

- Colors obtained were appealing and looked accurate

- No noticeable side effects like unwanted color casts

- NOT just a cooling filter as the warmer colors were still captured

- Definitely a more appropriate reflection of the Blue Hour when the images were captured

- Image Quality remains excellent with this filter mounted onto the superb Nikkor 14-24mm

Were the good results obtained because this NiSi filter can really cut out light pollution ? I can't be 100% sure but whatever this filter did , it does not really matter !!

What matters were the end results (the images) and they were all very positive with noticeable improvements.

Definitely very positive results which I am very pleased to see. I have also read some reviews where the reviewers mentioned that this filter also helps in capturing the milkyway. Now this is very interesting and I am definitely going to see if this is true.

This filter is now going to be a permanent feature when I capture nightscapes especially cityscapes.

I will continue to blog about my experience with the Natural Night Filter as I continue to use it in my photography adventures.

Cheers,

Andrew

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