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Great delpeoples 2010-01-16 2:19

Hi Kath :) Happy days! Great symmetry here and I like the branches in sillhouette on the right providing a nice contrast and leading the eye to the golden hills. Interesting about your use of the CPL. Something SteveH said about the lack of reflection in the FG of my shot of the Hazzards was likely due to me using a CPL (can't remember if I did or didn't). But here, the reverse is true: your reflections is absolutely luminous and strong. Can't work it out. Anyways, congrats on this photo, it's a beauty and you're making the Lake District a definite "re-visit" place. Warm regards, Lisa.

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Old 01-16-2010, 09:50 AM
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Thanks Lisa
To be perfectly honest my understanding of how a polariser works is also a little hazy. I'm also not 100% sure I did use it as I take it on and off all the time. Because of the rich colours, I assumed I had used it. My understanding is that it helps to clear the glare you get on the surface of water and allows you to see through it. In this case, as there was no glare, the reflections were just part of the scene. Maybe someone will intervene and give us a clear explanation. In fact, I'm going to google it now. If I find anything useful I'll send you the link.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:08 AM
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It's me again.
I found <a href="http://www.photoradar.com/reviews/buying-guides/why-should-i-buya-polariser"target=_blank>this link</a>. I think my understanding was roughly correct. There seems to be a subtle difference between colourful reflections and actual reflected light that appears as white glare. I think when photographing water it's a good idea to experiment. Is it any clearer for you?
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Hi Kath

Hey thanks for that, yes it does make it a bit clearer - as clear as a shot using a CPL :)

Have a great Sunday
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Hi, Kath and Lisa,

There's a good discussion of this in Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" book. He mentions that polarizers are, indeed, good for cutting glare off water -- just as much on rainy days, in fact, as on sunny ones. It seems they work best when used at an angle to the sun on sunny days -- for instance, when the sun is on your left or right shoulder.

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:19 AM
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Thanks Jim

for you recommendations. I'll try and get my grubby little paws on that book. If you look at Kath's photo where everything is so luminous, and mine entitled "Hazzardous Hazzards") where everything is dull but clear, you'll see what I'm getting at.

Once again, thanks. Happy shooting
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