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Old Jun 10, 2011, 9:42 PM   #1
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All this playing around with polarizers didn't help my budget - today I broke down and decided to buy a polarizer to fit the one diameter that I didn't either have a polarizer of some sort or step-up rings to use my big circular polarizer.

There are some disadvantages with using step-up rings, you can't use lens hoods (not that big of a disadvantage as polarizers help, but don't totally eliminate lens flare) or the lens cap that fits the lens, a much bigger disadvantage in my opinion. So rather than buy an inexpensive step-up ring I gulped and bought a very nice circular polarizer.

This evening I took these two. Both were taken with the circular polarizer on the lens - the first with it rotated so it didn't have an effect:



As you can see, this tree was side-lit by the evening sun.

Here I've turned the polarizer to its maximum effect.



Certainly more dramatic and it does a better job of capturing the lovely "golden hour" light. The polarizer is the only difference between these two shots and they were taken within seconds of each other.
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Beautiful examples. The pictures speak for themselves.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 2:43 AM   #3
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This shows what effect a polariser has nice
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Very effective examples!!
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 5:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments - I really like this new polarizer, its got markings to indicate the alignment. And there are times when a polarizer is just the thing you need.
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Beautiful job.

Thank you so much for all you have contributed to this challenge and to our understanding of polarizers. I am sure everyone appreciates it.

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Old Jun 12, 2011, 10:39 PM   #7
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Thanks, Cal. I still haven't managed to capture a good example of why you don't want to use a polarizer on a really wide angle lens, at least one that includes the sky. I've tried a couple of times but may end up going back to an archive shot, to see if I still have the original. I've been trying to shoot a new picture that shows the same thing, but the weather hasn't been cooperating with me at all (and I didn't think about using the wide angle the evening I shot this picture, I was having too much fun with the new filter, which doesn't fit my wide angle).
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I think there is an example of the problem with a wide angle lens in one of the links in the challenge description.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 9:13 PM   #9
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I just took a really descriptive pair with my wide angle, I'll start a new thread. I was going to say an excellent example but decided that "excellent" was the wrong word when my point is how awful it is.
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