Wed May 18 18:50:54 2005 EDT (-0400 GMT)

The good weather is….. well close, if not here yet. This weekend I’m going up north to Bancroft to spend the Victoria Day long-weekend with friends from Markham. With all those photographic opportunities, and the lack of in-doors we’ll have (well, that is, if you don’t count nylon and canvas doors) I thought it would be worth buying a polarizing filter for my camera. So I bought an adapter from my 16mm lens to a 52mm lens and a 52mm POL filter – it means I’m buying a lot more polarized glass, but I can put my fingers all over the outside 15mm!

As my brother Adam and a co-worker Goldwin have explained it to me (because I don’t know any more than I can Google) a polarizing filter helps take pictures in the sunlight/outdoors. Specifically, it prevents light prom entering the lens at an angle, accepting only light which comes straight on. The filter should remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water and glass. It should also enable colours to become more saturated and appear clearer, with better contrast.

I wasn’t up for a drive down to the lake to experiment with this, but I did stop by a park on the way home from Henry’s.

Here’s a small gallery for what it’s worth (again, without glass for water subjects). Pictures on the left (the earlier ones) are the non-filtered, the ones on the right (the later ones) have the filter applied.



Here’s some more info on polarizing filters: www.alienryderflex.com/polarizer

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