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Winter Light

So for Christmas my kid gave me a circular polarizer filter for my camera.  This is a lens filter that works just like polarized lenses in sunglasses only you can adjust the intensity of the polarization by twisting the filter clock-wise or anti-clockwise.  It deepens contrast and tones down harsh light.  It can add definition in flat light - the sort you get on cloudy days. Nifty little device.  The sorts of light I like best are autumnal light, dawn light, dusk,  and that sharp, hyper bright light you get on a  sunny winter's day.  A circular polarizer works well in all of these situations, but it gives that sunny winter light a sort of unreal, high-contrast sheen and makes the sky the sort of deep blue you get at high altitude.

I pushed the contrast on this a bit to wash out the white, but the sky and the tree are pretty much as they were. That's my little Cape Cod there with the chimney.

Winter twilight through the trees and my cat Siam watching the sun set and thinking about his next meal.

The sun had washed this view out, but through the filter I was able to get a picture through the bush and into the sun. Even though it was a nice sunny day the temp was a crisp 9 degrees, but dead calm.


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Jan. 26th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I like the photographs and yr movie reviews so I am adding you to the flist. Hope you don't mind. :-)
Jan. 26th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
No worries - be my guest.
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