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The effects of a circular polarizer

The effects of a circular polarizer

For Christmas I received a circular polarizer from my brother. I was finally able to put it to good use on a walk through the newly restored creek of Santa Rosa.

I did not really know what to expect. I have read that it helps with bright skies and can improve or reduce reflects. So I did what works best when given a new piece of equipment, I went out and experimented.

It really did improve the quality of my shots during the day. At night it did not do much for me since it really reduced the light available.

When it stood out was when I used it with the above shot of the power lines against a blue sky. With the filter rotatoed to give the least effect the overpowering blue of the sky drowned out the details of the metal. With the polarizer working it gave the effect above (I didn’t edit the photo at all).

Now I want to see how it would work when combined with HDR and perhaps the ocean.

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