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

Formatt-Hitech exclusive 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.

Master Series Workshop in Tuscany and Cinque Terre

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.

Vieri at work in Dorset, England

Vieri at work in Dorset, England

As for every landscape photographer, colour neutrality of my 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 color 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 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.

Check out my constantly updated MY GEAR page to find out 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 this: FIRECREST ULTRA KEN KAMINESKI 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.

Master Series Workshop in Iceland Spring 2019

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.

As always, using code


at checkout you’ll be able to enjoy a 10% discount on the kit above as well as on every other Formatt-Hitech product on their website.

Master Series Workshop in Death Valley

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

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Technical details: all photographs in this post have been shot with the following Formatt-Hitech Firecrest and Firecrest Ultra filters: Grad ND (0.9, 1.2 and 1.5), 6 & 10 stops ND and Circular Polariser. All photographs were taken with Leica SL, with Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm, Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm and Voigtlander 15mm Super-Wide Heliar v. III. All photographs have been developed and finished in Adobe Photoshop CC.

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