There’s a Polarizing Filter For That

Pop those greens, in fact, pop all those colors. Get in-camera higher dynamic range. Clear up blue skies. What if I said this was all possible with one add-on to your lens? Scope the difference –

Polarizing filter effect looking up at the sky through pine trees

Absolutely ZERO work in post production to achieve the greater exposure and colors that wow, mind you. Yes!

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Polarizing filter effect on afternoon sky

I wasn’t going for award winning composition, just a view that would allow the difference between polarized and non-polarized to shine through. One small caveat to polarizing an extremely wide angle lens (like the Tokina 11-16mm I’m using here) is that due to the scope of the sky covered, falloff of the polarization occurs (see right side of second set). Again, this is an extreme case, and it still looks better than its non-polarized cousin.

But wait, there’s more! Another incredible aspect of the polarizing filter is that you can erase reflections from water surfaces, car windows, and other shiny surfaces. The filter works best when facing 90 degrees from the sun.

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