red filter - polarizer : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi all,

First I would say thanks to everyone who help me with my questions, but the forum is about that, isnīt it ? : )

My question is that I am preparing to take a trip to Mountains. I am missing a red filter which I want use to darken the sky. I thought that i may use my polarizer insteed. What you think ?


-- Martin Kapostas (, August 08, 2001


Hi Martin

Yes it works with the Polfilter but not so good if the sun is in the zenit. But you don`t take pictures in the middays light anyway. A middle yellow or orange filter is the better joyce you only need a red one if you really like it very dark! Good trip!

-- Armin Seeholzer (, August 08, 2001.

Try a yellow filter and a polarizer together. If the sun is positioned right, this can give an effect that is similar to a red filter, but you won't lose all the shadow detail, like a red filter. Red filters kill shadow detail.

-- William Marderness (, August 08, 2001.

Hi Martin -

The polarization effect is strongest 90 degrees from the sun. So, if you are using a very wide lens, the degree of polarization in the sky can vary considerably. It can be very obvious at times.

If you're using black and white, you might try an orange filter. Less contrast in the sky, but it doesn't darken the foliage quite as much, either.

Enjoy the mountains!

-- Kevin Bourque (, August 08, 2001.

Hi Martin, I second the advice that a red filter can really block up shadows and can often lead to a soot and whitewash effect! I leave an orange filter on my lens for 99% of my landscapes and find it gives a real natural look ie good seperation in clouds/sky as well as keeping detail in shadows - give it a try. Regards

-- paul owen (, August 09, 2001.

If you are b&w shooting landscapes with a lot of dark green trees and bushes, you mite try a Yellow Green (X11) filter. It darkens the sky a bit while brighting up dark green folage.

-- B.Schwarz (, August 09, 2001.

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