Optimal equipment is the basis for perfect photos. Equipment reliability and perfection is just as important as the knowledge about the possibilities of any gadget. As a believer of the principle „less is more“ I limited myself to only the equipment that is necessary for the development of my photographic vision.
Before a photo tour I always consider carefully exactly what must actually go into the backpack. Filters are the icing on the cake for a landscape photographer. My filter backpack is therefore always well filled.
Technical facilities cannot be replaced by the digital retouching of photos. Lightroom & CO cannot:
• organize light permeability,
• control the shutter speed,
• filter the reflection of light,
• produce special colored effects.
One of my favorite filter is the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer from Singh Ray.
There are simliar filter from Cokin and Lee for smaler budget. They do a similiar job.
In certain light situations the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer creates a unique effect, without which I would not like to photograph any longer. Because of the strong effect its use must be well considered. Without paying attention, the color effect of it seemed tawdry.
Over the years I develop some rules, according how to use the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer:
One characteristic of the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer is that it pronounces the yellow/red and blue tones strongly. I prefer to use the filter if I can let one color dominate. Here you can see a marvelous golden effect in the evening light. The blue tones work only discreetly in the sky.
Most landscape photographers saturate the colors in post production. The straight Gold-N-Blue Polarizer demands sometimes the opposite. Here you can see a desaturated photo from Sweden, which expresses the Nordic coolness.
The Gold-N-Blue Polarizer also has the effect that it lets less light into the camera. As a fan of time exposures, I appreciate this effect. It gives me nearly one stop of exposure extra. In the evening hours I usually can make the desired long exposure 30 minutes earlier.
The Gold-N-Blue Polarizer is a great companion on all my photo tours. Do you use this kind of filter?