Sarah Pannell Tests Our Newest Outdoor Filter Kit – The Explorer Kit

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Urth ambassador Sarah Pannell takes a trip to her nearby parkland to test the Explorer Kit, a versatile mix of filters that includes a UV filter, a CPL filter and an ND2-400 filter for elevated outdoor photography.

Words and Photography by Sarah Pannell

I live in Melbourne’s inner north, fortunately nestled right next to the Merri Creek. As Melbourne slowly managed through it’s second Covid-19 lockdown with restrictions on our daily movement, I found an unbelievable respite in the one hour per day we are allowed to be outdoors. For me, the Merri has been a saviour.

There are some secluded areas off of the main trails along the Merri, where you can sit and enjoy the gentle stream and the nearby birds (including yellow tailed black cockatoos) moving among the gums and pine trees, particularly in the morning. Using Urth’s Explorer Kit, I have found a flexible workflow for creating these photographs on my daily walk around the neighbourhood.

These photographs are shot with the ND2-400 filter and the CPL filter from the Explorer Kit. I’ve opted for a softer, painterly look through shallow depth of field using these filters with my favourite digital lens; my Nikkor 85mm.

I’ve been shooting video regularly recently and I find when switching modes, the ND2-400 is the most flexible filter to have on my lens, stacked on top of my UV filter which I almost always leave on my lens for protection. However, in some cases like this one when I’m outdoors, I do like to use the CPL to increase clarity and vibrance in an image. 

Shot with the CPL and the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL and the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.

I’ve opted for a softer, painterly look through shallow depth of field using these filters.”

Shot with the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit. Shot with the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL and the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL and the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.

“The ND2-400 is the most flexible filter to have on my lens.”

Shot with the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL and the ND2-400 filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.
Shot with the CPL filter from the Urth Explorer Kit.

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Sarah Pannell

Sarah Pannell is an Australian visual artist whose work concerns culture, landscape, tradition and community. She lives and works in Melbourne and is an ambassador for Urth.

2021-04-19T07:11:04+00:00Categories: Gear|Tags: , , |