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Old Jul 26, 2003, 2:36 PM   #1
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Default A misty lake shot

What do you think of this shot? A thunderstorm had just passed over dumping loads of rain near the end of a very hot day.

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Is there anything that can be done to keep the sky from burning out like that? The sky had very detailed grayish-blue/green colored cloud formations, but the photo seems to have lost that. What do I need here? Would a polarizing filter help? I seem to be discarding a lot of photos lately because of this.

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Old Jul 26, 2003, 7:21 PM   #2
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Difficult shot. The sky is very bright, especially near the horizon, and the forest is very dark. There are techniques that involve two exposures, one to capture highlights and another to capture shadow detail. The two are then combined in software. Unfortunately, you'd need a tripod to use this technique.

A polarizing filter would not help in this case. Some skies are heavily polarized - clear blue skies with the sun around 45 degrees above the horizon in particular - and these give maximum effect with a polarizer. At sunset a polarizer has little effect.

Contrast masking does bring back some detail to the clouds:



This also brings out some colour and detail in the foreground and forest - which may not be what you want.

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Old Jul 31, 2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, fenlander. Your photoshop (?) work really helped out the sky. That's much more like I remembered it.

I did have this shot also, but the focus was not quite on. Also, the grassy area in the foreground is almost black:

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I'm going to order a polarizing filter (and adapter) for my camera anyway, just to play with if nothing else. Do I want a "circular" polarizer or "linear"?

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I'm going to order a polarizing filter (and adapter) for my camera anyway, just to play with if nothing else. Do I want a "circular" polarizer or "linear"?

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Jim , I have read that a circular one looks like being the only good one for a digital camera.

I have just bought one ( a Kenko 28mm with a Nikon adapter for my Coolpix 4300 ).
Well, it is really wonderful how it enhances the clouds and eliminates reflections on glasses and water surfaces.
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Old Aug 1, 2003, 11:43 PM   #5
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Jim,

Take a look at the following site listed below which gives some details regarding Sergio's comment.

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Jim , I have read that a circular one looks like being the only good one for a digital camera.
I've bought from them before and they gave good service. I bought a UV filter which I keep on my lens at all times not only for UV purposes but as a cheap protection for my lens.

http://www.2filter.com/prices/digcam.html
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