New Polarizer for Contrasting Skies

A quick stop at Best Buy the other day I got a new Circular Polarizer for my camera. Perhaps I’m a little too excited at this acquisition because I have been eager to test it out in sunny conditions for days (low pressure decided to sit on us for 3 days there). The polarizing filter cuts down on haze and glare in objects by filtering  unpolarized light. This can also improve contrast in the sky (blue sky and clouds).

The filter is screwed on the end of the lens, and can be rotated to change the amount of ‘effect’. Focus on the sky in the image below.

More and less effect demonstrated.

I really like how deep of a blue can result from having the effect all the way up. I took the two examples no more than 10 seconds apart, but the difference in contrast make the clouds seem to move a large amount. That much detail is gained. However, in some conditions it may make the colors unrealistic, so its something to watch out for. Beside making skies pop with color, the filter also gives the camera a look like it’s used by an undercover FBI agent. Well kinda.

Camera with and without the rocketfish 58mm circular polarizer.

Weather wise, the weekend looks great! Skies should be clear of rain, and temps will be in the 70s. Come Monday, a chance of thunder lingers, and temperatures will venture into the 80s. Skies will then clear up, but temps remain high for the week.


About gweatherc
Live in Michigan and enjoy observing the weather. Want to pursue it as a career! Currently taking classes at Central Michigan University.

One Response to New Polarizer for Contrasting Skies

  1. Pamela says:

    Hey, those blooming shrubs and lavender plants look pretty nice behind your camera. Have fun with your new filter!


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