I have a 40D with 10-22, 24-105, and 100-400 (all 77mm). I have a Hoya Pro 1 UV and Hoya Pro 1 DMC CP. I want to add some ND filters. I see that most of the graduated ND filters require slots to hold them. While many regular ND filters are circular screw on type. I saw the Singh Ray Vari-ND that is adjustable from 2-5 stops. Is that worth the money for regular ND shots. I don't mind spending the money. I would prefer to even to be sure I have what I need the first time round. But I am lost. Anyone using soft or hard ND? And regular ND filters for that matter. My main motivator is the washed out mountain/tundra shots I get on our yearly NW Alaska floats. We spend 14 days at a time up there in Aug/Sept fly fishing for dollies and I never come home with the kind of pictures I would have hoped for. When the sun is out, most all my pics look the same. A dull brown tundra with a carolina blue sky. I want the colors to stand out. I want a golden tundra amist a deep blue sky with well defined clouds. I realize the CP will help here, but I want to employ the use of ND filters to help me get better shots. Anyone willing to throw me a line?
I will attach a link to some pics from our last three float trips. You can see what I mean about how dull and boring many of the landscape pictures are. All these pics were taken with Sony and Pentax point and shoots. I just got my first DSLR a few months ago. I largely justified buying it so I could take better images on our float trips. When the link opens, click on "view slideshow" in the upper right side.