just one of the reasons why a


can sometimes be handy when snapping snaps.

It’s useful also for peering into water to see where your lost keys went (klutz!) or where the fishies are lurking. The polariser not only does weird things to surface reflections, it’ll often make colours richer, deeper, more vibrant; as in blue skies being bluer (in places).


of my babbling and on with the show—

—I stopped in Dee Street (Invercargill … other end of the world from you) and snapped a vacant shop window.

This one—

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—and then mere squilliseconds later I half-twisted the filter, and snapped again—

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—scoring this. (Who the inquisitive passer-by is I have no idea … they just seem to pop out of nowhere whenever I point a camera) (you get over it—learn to adapt and just go with the flow). Moving on—

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—this old building is superfluous to requirements so it’s being demolished to make room for a new hotel.  The shot above is effectively un-polarised—

—while the one below down there

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—is achieved with a ninety degree twist of the filter—you get proportional effect for different amounts of twist.

One of these babies is well worth the investment.


9 thoughts on “EXAMPLE

  1. Wow, so cool! ! Love it! In the first pair of pics the polarize-filter adds construction cones and “time” — or removes “time and cones”! Then in the second pair of pics the magic hotel gets an extra window and a squirrel!!! That is AMAZING Argus! 😱

  2. I only ever use a tripod either at night (stars) or when ambushing sleeping mushrooms—all others are hand-held. Now, dammit, you have me seeking rotten squirrels and counting cones. You’ll keep (where did you say you live?)

  3. Wow that’s pretty neat. When I was studying geology, we would use microscopes with polarising lenses to identify different minerals within a rock sample. When you look at it without the filter, everything is mostly a boring shade of grey or brown, but putting the filter on would reveal all these different vibrant colours, like a 60s hippie bus.

    1. I remember it was popular once to use short-wave UV by night in the field for hunting minerals. UV fluorescence is quite different from polarisation but doesn’t seem so popular these days.

    1. Confession: when I fiddled with something some while back I made a goof and lost a lot of irrecoverable stuff. So I started again, and after that decided that I’d tweak no more. And being a wee bit absent-minded now have no idea … but I shall have a beak through my settings and see if I can find it for you.

      “Mr Argus, Sir?”
      “Yes, Little Virginia?”
      “Is that wise, Sir? You being such a klutz and—”
      “Hah! That’s the old me! Just watch and eat my dust, Kid!”
      “We watch in dread fascination, Sir …”

      1. Good luck~! I try not to fiddle or tweak these days, weird things happen …

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