Graduated filter

I’ve spent the afternoon playing with the graduated filter to try and correct poor exposure in part of my video. Despite trying different settings and watching a video on changing sky color using the GF I don’t think I’m any further forward.

Part of my video was filmed heading into the sun so the sky is overexposed and the road is underexposed. I thought I could add two graduated filters; one to ‘dodge’ and decrease the exposure and the second to ‘burn’ and increase the exposure.

I put the two filters each on their own video track at the point I need to make the adjustments but despite playing with the offset and the colors it’s not making any difference.

Can anyone see from this screenshot where I might be going wrong, please?

The image looks right, I’ve driven along that road many many times.

I could bring it back to daylight by changing adding a contrast, brightness and glow filter.

1 - Lower Contrast

2 - Increase Brightness

3 - Add glow

Not knowing exactly what you are after, I’m just offering this as being a correction to bring the image back to the way that I remember seeing this road to “Amadale” (Ami+dale aka Friendly valley on the mountain range).

Edit: There’s so many options in that filter that it depends on what you want.

Play with the radial filter and the blend mode. It’s incredible what you can actually get out of it if you experiment.

Many thanks for taking the time to play with my image @david.lyon that’s really appreciated. I spent all my time tweaking the grad filter that I didn’t think about alternatives! I think the contrast/brightness/glow combi works really well.

Luckily I was only heading East toward Armadale in the first half of my cycle so heading West the sun gave me some of the first glorious blue skies of 2023. :slight_smile:

David’s solution is very useful to know. I’ve had similar problems in the past and this will help in the future.

I did a quick Google of Armadale, as I was interested in whereabouts it was. I found that the suburb of Armadale derives its name from the railway station of Armadale which was established there in 1893. It is named after either of two Scottish towns of this name. The townsite of Aramadale was Gazetted in 1909.

In his book “Place-names of Great Britain and Ireland” John Fields states that the Scottish towns were so named because the name ’Armadale’, means ‘elongated valley’, which is derived from the Old Norse words armr (arm) and dalr (valley).


If you look more closely it’s a classic Phoenician name of three syllables which is a contextual description of the place as it is found.

Therefore, it’s not “a word” but a compound particle name, even in Scottish Gaelic.

btw, “Scot” is an Englisation of “Scyth” which essentially means “Farmer”. Hence it means that the Scots were Farmers. You can read up on their history a bit to confirm this and then all these linguistic titbits will also make more sense. The people of Armadale run support industries for local farmers which in a sense makes them Scyth’ish too. Sorry, google won’t agree.

“Mediteranean” breaks down to “Mer+di+terra” which means “Sea+water+lands” or Lands that you can get to over salty water.

We have literally hundreds of place names here that follow Phoenician naming conventions. just like you have where you live.


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