Thursday, November 28, 2013

No Fighting


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my American friends.  To all my other friends have a great day also.  I didn't have a shot of a turkey but since for many of us this is a day much about food I'm posting this and hope that you have a lot more food than what has these three's attention so you don't have to fight over it. 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunset Sunday - 144

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunset Sunday - 143


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Palouse Farm

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There is an area in the South Eastern part of the state of Washington and a little of Northern Idaho, called The Palouse.  It is a beautiful area for rolling farmlands.  I visited there in late June this year.  If you like this one I'll share some more.

Question that has nothing to do with this photograph:  Do you own and do you use a Neutral Density filter? 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunset Sunday - 142


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Some mentioned in recent comments that they remembered Sunset Sunday, so I'm back with that.  I'll try to post one almost every Sunday.  This photo was taken just two nights ago at the Great Salt Lake.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Polarizing Filter Comparison (Continued)

Linear Polarizing filter in non-polarizing position
Linear Polarizing filter in full polarizing position
Circular Polarizing filter in non-polarizing position

Circular Polarizing filter in full polarizing position
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Hello again my friends.

As promised in the previous post about comparing Circular Polarizing filters and the old Linear Polarizing filters that were used with film cameras, today we are looking at reflections.  Even though we are using a building and glass, you can expect very similar effects with water reflections.  The nice thing is you can actually see the results right in your viewfinder whether it is optical or electronic.

Since we are talking about comparing circular polarizing filters to linear polarizing filters on digital cameras I'll just let you know that all of these photos were taken with the same digital camera and the same lens.  The only difference was the filter, of course.

As you are looking at these images above, with the linear filter photos on top and the circular on the bottom,  notice, not only, the reflection off the skin of the building, but also the glass, both on the sunlit area and in the shadows on the far right.  It is pretty obvious that the circular filter really does a better job . . . but hold on because in a few days I'll tell you why I have one of each.

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Monday, November 04, 2013

The Prodigal Returns

It has been almost a year since I declared the end of my blogging career and discontinued posting with the one exception of the "Alert" that I did in May.  I have been back a few times to visit some of my old blogging friends, and lately I've been missing it, so I've decided to stick my foot back in the door and see if I'm allowed in.  I will not be blogging every day and besides simply sharing a few photos I will probably use this blog space to pass on things I learn or have learned about photography and post processing.  I may put an occasional tutorial or experiment.  Maybe I'll even resurrect Sunset Sunday if there is any interest at all.

Today I'd like to share a little experiment with you dealing with Polarizing filters.  If you've ever shopped for a polarizing filter for your digital camera you've probably read or heard that you need a "Circular Polarizer" for digital cameras.  I read that before I bought mine and so naturally that is what I bought.  The other day I ran across a comment by a fellow photographer that piqued my interest because he asked the question do we really need "Circular Polarizers" or is that just a marketing ploy and "Linear Polarizers" will work just as well.  I thought about this and since I wanted to get a "Linear Polarizer" for another purpose that I will share with you another day I ordered one and did some tests.   I will leave the conclusions to you.

Note:  The Linear Polarizing photos were taken about 5 minutes later than the Circular Polarizing photos and you can see how much the cloud situation had changed.

Circular in Non-polarizing position
Circular in polarizing position


Linear in Non-polarizing position
Linear in polarizing position
As you probably know, polarizing filters do more than just alter the contrast in the sky, they also have a great effect on reflections. In the next day or two I'll show you the results of that test.


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