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Blog Posted on 15 Mar 2011

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It would be marvellous to say that I had blossom out on my trees before anyone else, but it would be an outrageous lie.  I could say that I have scoured the countryside to fine a shot that would enliven these pages and that would be an equal lie.  I simply enjoyed the early spring sunshine and thought blow it to carrying a camera around.  However, I did think that it would be great to extend the usual blossom season by adding this shot a little early.
Last year gave us a fantastic display from the trees and who can’t say that seeing the wonderful tree blossom doesn’t improve one’s mood.  This annual symbol of the start of the warmer season is enjoyed by all and none more so than photographers.
Having said all that, there is reason in my madness and I would like to suggest a trick you might want to take on board when photographing the sky.  Polarising filters!  These are an absolute essential to anyone with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera.
Sometimes, in a world full of chaos we need a little order.  Polarising filters are the answer provided by the photographic world.  The light that we see is all over the place, it bounces around reflecting off things, twisting and turning and generally giving the world a hazy aspect.  This is because it changes its angle and gets a little confusing; in short it defuses.  Polarising filters only allow light through that has an order to it, in other words it is all aligned in one plane.  The upshot if which is turning up the contrast on a world of colour and killing the hazy light that bounces off our atmosphere.  When we look up at the sky the light blue we see is the result of light coming at us in a multitude of orientations.  The result is an insipid light blue that does nothing for blossom.
Try popping a polariser over your lens and revolving it, you’ll see the world in a new light.  As you revolve the filter you’ll see the contrast of the world change.  The blue sky will get darker; the clouds with leap out at you and the colours of nature will scream vibrancy.  As an added bonus you can use polarisers for counteracting reflections on glass, water or any reflective surface.
I have to admit that polarising filters are not cheap.  But you will make an investment that will ensure your photographs get noticed and provide prints you’ll be proud to display on your walls.

 

This blog brought to you by David King

 

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