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Circular Polarizer Techniques?
Old 02-16-2004, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A lot of my best shooting opportunities over here has been during mid-day, with the lighting being hellaysish. The only filter I have with me is a circular polarizer. The 2f/ increase, reduction in glare, and improved saturation have been definite pluses, but I find myself being inconsistant with it. Does'nt help that I wear glasses, and can't wear my sunglasses when shooting, as they're polarized, and they screw up everything looking through the view finder, so my eyes are usually already bugging out for the sun already. I'm considering setting the filter and putting a small piece of tape across the rotating and stationary rings to hold it at that index. Would have liked to try some neutral density's but I'm getting too short here to bother, so I'm SOL for now. Any thoughts, techniques, or experiance anyone would care to share? Happy belated Valentines Day all, George
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Old 02-16-2004, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Circular Polarizers work best when the sun is lower on the horizon. To get the best effect. The rule I use is to keep the sun at your shoulder, and shoot perpendicular to it. So considering the sun does the east to west thing, your best shots will be facing north or south. Of course, this depends on the season and location and time.... Then rotate the polarizer until you see the strongest effect (bluer sky, better contrast, less reflections in water). Some polarizers have a guide notch on them so you can align/rotate them more precisely to the sun but considering its not an exact science, I just position myself appropriately and rotate the filter until it looks good.
Just remember to have the sun at your shoulder, shoot early or late and you will see the polarizer in action. Its an amazing thing! Hope this helps. -Austin
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Austin! I suspect that for shooting in the worst light of the day, I'm getting such pronounced changes. Thanks again, George
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