For my birthday this year I got a circular polarizing filter for my camera, and a copy of Photoshop CS5 (one of the many benefits of being a student at a large university is ridiculously cheap software). I got my first chance to try out the filter today — I like it a lot, but it’s definitely going to take a bit of getting used to. It cuts down on a lot of the glare in an image (which is exactly what it’s designed to do), and it makes for picture-perfect blue skies, but I found in some cases that so much of the glare was cut that my image was left flat and lifeless. I also found that it increased the graininess of my photos a bit, which surprised me — but in hindsight, I think this isn’t too surprising, based on what it’s actually doing to the light waves. Anyways, enough rambling. Here are some photos!
In the above, you can really clearly see the effects that the polarizer had on the sky; look at the pretty blue glow! I had to bring out the color in the fields, though — the polarizer killed that part of the image a bit.
The last one is probably my favorite of the day — the filter really emphasized the color and light differences between different parts of the image, which I thought was really cool.