A Photo a Day

April 11, 2004

Using Filters

Filed under: — Laurenz @ 8:49 am

Usually, I’m very reluctant to use filters: polarization filters are very nice to eliminate or enhance reflections, make for a much more dramatic sky or saturated colours.
I sometimes use a neutral gray filter to reduce contrasts (the filter darkens the bright parts of the picture) and a UV filter may be handy in the mountains or at the seaside.
Colour Filters are something different altogether: even if you can change the colour of the sky to a beautiful blue, the rest of the photo will make clear that something is wrong.

Here’s one example, where I liked the effect of a tobacco filter:

Without Filter:

In this case, I prefer the mood with filter to the unfiltered original. It actually comes closer to what I saw on this rainy day in Blandy’s Garden, Madeira (Portugal)

Some photo tips.

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Random post from the past:

Taking photos in Machu Picchu

A few days ago I had the privilege to see Machu-Picchu (Peru) and I burned lots of film! One piece of advice: the light is truly magical around sunrise. Also, there are hardly any tourists - the big buses arrive aeround 10 am. So, I'd recommend to be in Aguas Calientes the day before visiting the ruins, taking the bus at 5:30 am. Even before sunrise, the sky was remarkably bright and I could easiliy take picture with my 50 mm lens (1:1.4) and shortly after with the normal zoom (Minolta 24-85). Laurenz PS: when I left the site, two Viszcachas were sitting on ...

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