Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

With and Without (Geese, Filter)

April 22, 2017

The quarries fill not just with water but dead trees. And visiting Canada geese. . . . What a difference a polarizing filter on my camera lens makes.



6 responses

  1. A dramatic difference showing just what a polarizing filter can achieve. Two entirely different versions of the same scene and both equally good.


    April 22, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    • When I was taking these photos, I was sure I would prefer the shot with the circular polarizer turned to maximum blocking. But when I saw the downloads, I had to agree that the effect was only different, not better. Lesson learned.


      April 22, 2017 at 7:22 AM

  2. It’s definitely a dramatic difference. I think there is an advantage to using the filter especially if you were inclined to convert the files to black and white.


    April 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    • Since you brought it up, Ken, I had to see how each version would look in B&W. Wellll, they look different, but one still doesn’t look better than the other—to my eye at least.


      April 22, 2017 at 6:26 PM

  3. I’m with you all – both are really nice, but it was a good idea to try the filter out. I have neglected mine so you’re reminding me, too. The composition is great in these, and look at the geese – it’s like they performed for you, making the ripples and leaning in just so, one behind the other – couldn’t have been better! And again, the colors – you’re drawn in to the branch textures.
    At the end, I think I’m drawn first to the third photo, then to the first, and last to the second, which has the advantage of simplicity but doesn’t hold my attention as long as the others.


    April 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    • I confess that I leave the polarizer on all the time, just in case I need it. (Also, I guess I’m using it to protect the lens.) I may be losing some light even with the filter turned to minimum blockage, but I think I’m just too lazy to take it off and put it on all the time. I may be losing some clarity, too, with the extra glass, but same excuse: laziness. Thanks for the explanations of your rankings, Lynn. So simplicity doesn’t always win . . .


      April 23, 2017 at 4:04 PM

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