NOT using a CPOL. Weird.


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Dec 1, 2008
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Hey folks,

I love the work of landscape photographer, Patrick Smith...

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Interestingly enough, he doesn't use a polarizer on most of his shots.

I emailed him about it...

Hey Patrick,

Quick question. Why don't you use a polarizer? Is it cuzyou mostly always shoot into the sun? Thanks.


He replied with...

Hi Steve,

It is because a polarizer makes things look strange, especially the sky. The blues are too blue and the clouds lose their natural look. I want to see reflections and glare (which a polarizer reduces), they add to the drama. If I want to see into the water, I may use a polarier then.

Hope that helps,

His pictures are amazing, and yet he doesnt use a CPOL, which most landscape shooters advocate. What are your thoughts on his methods? Obviously it works, but what do you think?
I think that he takes a reasonable approach..... A Polarizer is just another tool in the bag......Use it when you need it and when you don't, don't..
And the majority of what i see on his site, a polarizer would do no good.

like what larry said, just a tool in the bag.

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