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Having proudly been a Formatt-Hitech Ambassador for about two years now, I am extremely happy to announce that I have recently been appointed a Formatt-Hitech Featured Artist!

The exclusive Formatt-Hitech Featured Artist Program recognizes extraordinary photographers who use and support Formatt-Hitech products. In Formatt-Hitech words:

“We are delighted to welcome Vieri Bottazzini to our exclusive Featured Artist program. Not only is Vieri an incredible photographer, but he has shown tremendous support for Formatt-Hitech and has been an incredible Ambassador for us.”

As a Formatt-Hitech Featured Artist, I now have my own dedicated page on Formatt-Hitech’s website, with a gallery of my photographs, links to my websites and a constantly updated list of my gear for you to explore. Check it out following the link VIERI BOTTAZZINI.

The Faroe Islands Photography Workshop

As many of you already know, for the last two years I have been using exclusively Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters for my Fine Art landscape photography and, as soon as they have been available, the new and improved Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra.

As for every landscape photographer, using perfectly colour neutral filters is fundamental for my work. Thanks to the amazing neutrality of Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters, I don’t need to lose my time spending hours to fix colour casts in post-processing. As well, their unique construction, with the coating sandwiched in between two panes of optical glass rather than applied on the external surface of it like other glass filter manufacturers do, ensure them a longevity, a resistance to scratching and a durability unrivaled by other filters on the market. Given today’s filters prices, this is certainly something I appreciate very much!

In 2017, with their new “Firecrest Ultra” line of filters Formatt-Hitech introduced a new “lapping and polishing” process derived from cinema filters. This process gave Firecrest Ultra filters even more clarity than previously available Firecrest, making them much sharper than any other filter on the market, especially when using lenses with longer focal lengths.

Below you’ll find a gallery of photos taken with Formatt-Hitech Firecrest and Firecrest Ultra filters for you to enjoy:

Check out my constantly updated GEAR & EQUIPMENT page to find out which filters I used to create these images, and which filters I have in my bag at the moment! If you are just starting out with filters and want to get a complete starter kit, or if you want to update your older kit to what are currently the best filters on the market, my recommended Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra kit at present is the FIRECREST ULTRA KEN KAMINESKY SIGNATURE EDITION, which includes 3 ND filters (3, 6 and 10 stops) and 2 Grad ND filters (2 and 3 stops), plus the Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 100mm filter holder with built-in ultra slim Firecrest polariser and adapter rings to use it with 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm filter threaded lenses.

To complete your kit, I would definitely add two more Firecrest Ultra Grad ND filters, respectively 4 and 5 stops (1.2 and 1.5 density strength), which you can find following this link: FIRECREST ULTRA 100MM SOFT-EDGE GRADS.

Plus, if you wanted to do long exposures in daylight, I’d add a Firecrest Ultra 13 stops ND filter (3.9 density strength), which you can find following this link: FIRECREST ULTRA 100MM STANDARD ND.

The Dolomites Photography Workshop

Finally, to balance the light at sunset and sunrise when a straight horizon is present in the frame, I’d recommend a 3 stops Reverse-Grad ND filter (0.9 density strength), which you can find following this link: FIRECREST ULTRA 100MM REVERSE GRADS.

Starting October 2021, I am a proud Ambassador for H&Y Filters, in my opinion simply the best filters out there with the most innovative, easy to use, practical filter holder (see my BEST FILTERS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and BEST 100MM FILTER HOLDER FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY articles for more info).

Thanks to my relationship with H&Y Filter, I am happy to offer you a 10% discount on H&Y FILTRI, their Italian distributor’s website. Just use code Vieri10 at checkout to enjoy your discount!

Cinque Terre & Tuscany Photography Workshop

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