Saturday, May 30, 2009

Polarizing Filter--Shadow Shot

I walked around Bishop City Park while Hubby napped in the Van. I noticed that the shrubs were casting shadows on the stream bed.
I wondered, what would happen if I used the polarizing filter on the shot?
The shadows disappeared and were replaced by reflections. It also made the greens darker and more blue. The first photo is close to what my eyes saw.
For more shadows check out Hey Harriet.

22 comments:

Ginnymo said...

Wow! The filter does wonders for that photo Martha!!

Barb said...

Hi Martha,

I just bought a polarizing filter about a month ago - I'm still experimenting, but do like the rich blues and the water shots I get with it. (I hate changing the filters, though!) Your shot is lovely, and I like the comparison you make.

Martha said...

Great shadow shots this week! I haven't played around much with filters. It really makes a difference!
Martha from Managerie :-)

PJ said...

That's a great comparison study, amazing what a little piece of glass can do. Happy SSS!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It is amazing to me what all can be done with optical technology.

Margaret Gosden said...

I like the fragility of the second photo, with the blue instead of the mud of the river bed above. A very interesting study!

girlichef said...

Wow, I'm still starting out with my photography, finally got a good camera...I don't even know what a polarizing filter is...but wow, it can do amazing things! Great shot :)

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Hye - that's pretty cool - what a great experiment!

Greyscale Territory said...

Incredible what the filter can achieve! Beautiful play of shadow and water reflection!

Joanna said...

The second photo is just beautiful.

Wildeve said...

I haven't used a filter since I went digital- what an interesting experiment! I love the complexity of the second shot.

Evette Mendisabal said...

Oh my goodness! I guess it's time to start playing around with my filters. The differnce is amazing. Thanks for sharing ... and for your comment on my shadow shot!

Tom Hilton said...

Really interesting...amazing what a difference the filter makes. Nice shots.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks I learnt something new..I will try that next time :)

Sweet Repose said...

The second shot just calls to me, it looks like a place of peace with no pollution clouding it's serenity. I like alot!

Catherine said...

lovely nature shots...

Jane ... said...

What great shots before and after the filter! Just beautiful--and I enjoyed your blog so much! I'll visit often. :D Thanks for your comment on my SSS too.

Brandi said...

I also love the way you have shown both the filter and non filter versions. I can't wait to get a real camera one day so that I can take cool pictures like those!
Have a nice day!

Paz said...

Wow, interesting experiment and sharp observation. I like both photos.

Paz

M.Kate said...

Looks like a very blissful walk, great shadows too.

sunnymama said...

Great shadow shots and how interesting to see the differences in the two pictures!

Mike said...

Very nice shadow shots. I really like the filtered one. Good art.