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Posted By: rm2, 02-11-2009, 09:48 AM

Just got back from a visit to Northern California. Here are a few pics. It was my first time using a polarizer. I am interested in your comments, so feel free to critic them. Oh, they were shot with a DS and a Sigma 17-70.











PS: Why are the images not showing up?

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02-11-2009, 10:03 AM   #2
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No problem. All great pics of a beautiful state. When I look at the trees in the second shot I almost feel like I'm there.

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Goog eyes, very good eyes. I hadn't seen that error in the links. Thank you.

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The first and the last are my favorites

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great series! I love those redwood trees, hope to see them live some day!
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Beautiful shots rm2. All of them are great but #2 and #4 are the real standouts for me.
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Beautiful shots rm2. All of them are great but #2 and #4 are the real standouts for me.
Thanks. I did a reprocess of the 4th one. I think I like this one better:

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Thanks. I did a reprocess of the 4th one. I think I like this one better:

Me too!

Can't say I'm too stoked on that polarizer though.... maybe just the resize and web, but they seem really flat to me.

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I like the first image best. The shimmer in the water, like the river itself, helps take the eye through the picture. Re the second shot, it is very difficult to get a sense of those large trees and even more so when there is mixed lighting. These are not bad, considering a first post.

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Me too!

Can't say I'm too stoked on that polarizer though.... maybe just the resize and web, but they seem really flat to me.
I appreciate your input. But, what do you mean exactly by "flat"? Do you mean that they seem to lack dynamic range? I guess I could try to bring out more detail in the shade. I must say that I have not yet tried to print them. It may be that they are too dark. My monitor is not calibrated, maybe your is and that is why you see that?
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I like the first image best. The shimmer in the water, like the river itself, helps take the eye through the picture. Re the second shot, it is very difficult to get a sense of those large trees and even more so when there is mixed lighting. These are not bad, considering a first post.

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On the second shot I tried to give some sense of scale by including the road. Thanks for the encouraging comments. I know I still have a lot to learn.
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Thanks for your shots of the redwoods and the elk. Spent a summer working up the hill from your shot of the elk for Weyerhauser during collage days.

I'd suggest that you work with turning the polarizer a bit more to even out the sky. Note in pic #1 how the sky is deep blue on left and light blue on right. This can be a problem with using them.

Thanks again!
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Thanks for your shots of the redwoods and the elk. Spent a summer working up the hill from your shot of the elk for Weyerhauser during collage days.

I'd suggest that you work with turning the polarizer a bit more to even out the sky. Note in pic #1 how the sky is deep blue on left and light blue on right. This can be a problem with using them.

Thanks again!
Ah, so that is what caused that. I thought it was due to the direction of the light. Or maybe it was both? I will definitely have to play with that a little more. Thanks.
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I appreciate your input. But, what do you mean exactly by "flat"? Do you mean that they seem to lack dynamic range? I guess I could try to bring out more detail in the shade. I must say that I have not yet tried to print them. It may be that they are too dark. My monitor is not calibrated, maybe your is and that is why you see that?
By flat I mean visualy flat(lacking depth and detail). I'm certain it's the filter, but the highlights are too even and the shadows are too even, leaving a very 2 dimensional feel.... kind of the point with a polarizer. These are all decent shots which should have a lot of depth, but I simply don't get that from them.

Maybe it's my monitor... it's very subtle or, again, web etc...

I wish I could give a better answer, but I'm pretty new to this myself.... I just know what I see.
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Such a beautiful set of country photographs here.

I like the 2nd pic the best1
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