Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Polarizer Examples

Polarizer ExampleLast time when we were in Manhattan we stopped by B&H and bought a polarizer. We decided to buy it once, so we bought the expensive one with a diameter of 77mm with adapters. Basically one polarizer which will fit all of my lenses.

First couple of days the weather was cloudy and sun was nowhere to be found. I figured that we just bought a very expensive piece of glass that does nothing. However on Sunday before we drove out to Seven Lakes I took a couple of test shots. The difference is really astonishing. No amount of post-processing will make the image look the way polarizer does. Basically all the reflection from the leafs is gone which results in a much better contrast and saturation.

The image above has no post-processing of any kind. I just took a shot, turned the polarizer 90 degrees and took another one.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Missed Moments

Bad TripodYesterday we drove out to Palisades Parkway in the search of autumn. It took us more then an hour to get there through Manhattan traffic and all the trees turned out to be still green. Instead we found amazing views of Hudson, George Washington Bridge and Manhattan in the background.

However I’m saddened to say that out of over a 100 shots that I took none are even close to resembling how beautiful things really looked. A lot of things are to blame. Sun position wasn’t optimal, a good polarizer would do wonders and a tripod that doesn’t shake when you breath on it would help a lot.

I think I should invest in a new tripod with a good head sooner than later. After listening to recommendations I’m pretty sure that I want to get Manfrotto 055X Pro B for a tripod. As for the head I’m considering Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head, but I’m not 100% certain yet. Maybe I should get a ball head instead.

Also today I realized that I never gave a polarizer any serious thought. I really have no idea why, as it is one of the basic things that could dramatically improve the quality of photographs taken outdoors.

Time to start the “budget allocation program” for these things.
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Photo Accessories

Nikon D70 and Rectangular FilterAs you know, I enjoy my hobby of photography. I’m nothing, but an amateur, yet I think over the past years I’ve come up with a number of really nice photographs.

However there is a certain type of scenery that always gave me trouble – landscapes on a bright day. Usually you see beautiful sky with detailed clouds and nice shadows on the land from the mountains and trees. You take a picture only to find out later that it didn’t capture any of the beauty that you could see. Either the sky comes out great with all the details on the land lost to underexposure, or all the land details come through to have all the clouds and sky colors lost to overexposure. Continue Reading
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