Why a Circular Polarizer is so important to have

Why a Circular Polarizer is so important to have.

When we are preparing to lead a workshop, we send out an email to the participants addressing things to bring. One thing that we list as a necessity vs accessory is a Circular Polarizer. The examples will show you why. Without a circular polarizer is lacking vivid saturation and is reflecting a lot of light. With a circular polarizer you can see the detail and saturation in the foliage. The effects on waterfalls and rivers are very similar as well. Foliage and water are 2 times that a circular polarizer is needed to improve saturation, contrast and the perception of detail.

I use Marumi Circular Polarizers for my work. It is very important to use a CP(Circular Polarizer) that is designed for digital. I like the thin mounts the Marumi use so I have the ability to use wide angle lenses without vignetting. I did my homework and found that when tested, Marumi consistently either matched or exceeded the competition for performance…the bonus, they aren’t nearly as pricey! I prefer to have one that fits each of my lenses, but you can buy one to fit your biggest lens and then purchase step-up rings for your smaller lenses to use the larger filter.

Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority, f22, -1.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Marumi Circular Polarizer, Sirui R4214X tripod and K40X ballhead, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro Flipside 500AW, processed in Lightroom CC.

With a Marumi Circular Polarizer

Gibbs Gardens Waterlily 082715k copy

Without a Circular Polarizer

Gibbs Gardens Waterlily 082715j copy


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