a few years ago
to use a
I did so. Hard to regret doing so, so I never have (regretted) (sheesh~!) …
Not only does it serve as a first line of defence for the front elements of your actual lens you can tweak it and it does things. Magical things—especially to skies, colours, and water … looking for fishies and all you can see is the gorgeous reflected leafery of autumn? Go further down the page and see what you might do to your current puddle for a mere minor outlay of funds.
THESE SAMPLE SNAPS
were snapped from standing positions, hand-held. They were taken within seconds of each other, the only difference being the rotation (angle of twist) of the filter. Likewise for the stream snaps further down—not only can your lovely polariser add depths to colours, by reducing surface reflections it can add depths to depths. You’ll have to find your own fish though.
Above: late afternoon sun on St Aardvarks in Dee Street.
Below: likewise but with a wee twist to the lens.
Below, a cute little streamlet/creek thing in autumn, near the Winton golf course. Over a few weeks I took this snap quite a few times but of course cleared ’em from the computer … so by the time it occurred to me to take a ‘keeping’ snap I’d lost the power of those colours—
—but not the effect of the polariser; again two shots from the same place at the same time within seconds—
—and not a single Photoshop in sight. Boom boom!
NOW GET THEE
hence to your local photo shop and price yourself a polarising filter.
I think mine was around twenty-thirty bucks (kiwi) and I just leave it permanently in place on the end of the lens. I have no idea by how much it reduces the light but should I ever need to remove it the things comes off in seconds (years ago I had an Olympus OM2n and used the Cokin filters. Brilliant, just slip ’em in or out, no screwing).
Now go get one, and no—I’m not on a commission …