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Old Apr 4, 2006, 8:51 PM   #11
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I have been in many places, but let me say this one deserves its name. It is magic
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Old Apr 5, 2006, 7:48 AM   #12
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Beautiful shots all round

for the landscapes do you have any additional filters or lense attached to ur cam to achieve these results?

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Old Apr 5, 2006, 10:10 AM   #13
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Yes I often use the (linear) polarizer.
It generally improves the dynamic range of the scene, making skies darker andmore contrasted with clouds and also land less dark.
Furthermore I generally use a 72mm UV filter on the FZ20 adapter, but this must be removed when shooting towards or close to the sun (for the distance between lens and filter causes reflections on the filter and sometimes I can read the FZ20 lens inscription on the dark parts of the pics). Instead the 62mm polarizer fits on the FZ20 outstretched lens (although I must hold it).

Polarizer also makes better greens (at Std saturation setting and AUTO WB).
Sometimes it provides strange colors when used in White Balance other than AUTO.

In landscapes with sunpolarizer-metering is faster than 1/640 sec, polarizer at 3x provides 1/200 - 1/320 which are still good (you can check the EXIF to understand in which pics I used it, except in the panos).

Finally I also use polarizer (and even an orange filter) to take some stops in order to photograph cascades which are too much lit to try to achieve slow times like 1/8 - 1/13 which allows for shots in which you can see the flowing of water



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