Polarising Filters_Don't Leave Home Without One
Here's an interesting image made at The Beeches, prior to the recent horrific bushfires, near Marysville in Victoria. I found this lovely little grove on a walk with my photographer friend, David. The backlighting passed through some of the leaves and illuminated patches of ferns throughout the scene. This provided a great contrast with the dark tree trunks.
The problem was that the light was reflecting a lot of the color and texture off the surface of the ferns. A polarising filter would have gone a long way to solving this problem. Unfortunately I had left mine at home. To produce a similar effect in Photoshop, as you see in the above image, took a great deal of work and proves the point that it's best to get it right in camera. Sure you can fix a lot of problems in Photoshop, but who has the time? What's more I'm a photographer first and a desktop jockey way last. I work hard to get it right in the camera and then utilise Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to finesse the image to a new level of excellence. The day I left the old polarising filter at home created a few problems. I got through and learned a hard lesson along the way. But, hopefully, that is one of many such lessons that will prepare me to make great photos in the future.
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