Polarisation

So, I got a new polarisation filter for the 17-70 mm. I haven’t used a pola-filter before, so yesterday I just played around with it. First impression is that it is difficult to find the right  level and that this will take some training to master. I think it’s kind of fun, and look at it as this summers photography challenge.

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Almost all of my shots were underexposed and had far too much noise. After a bit of post production, I guess they were okay, but detail was definitely lost. Even so, my mind boosted and I’ve now got a lot of ideas for landscape locations that I want to shoot this summer.

I’ve also got an idea for a non-landscape image that I want to shoot, but I’m not quite sure how I’ll be able to yet. I don’t want to give away the whole idea, but need some advise, so I shot a test to try and explain what I’m after. If you look at the image below, what I need to be able to do is to make the ripples on the surface of the water and the pebbles show in the silhouette at the same time. I want the effect to be at least as clear as the pebbles and ripples in the top left corner of the image, but in the silhouette. This is going to be a faceless self portrait, and my intention is to shoot it with a handheld camera in one exposure. I tried to over expose so that the silhouette would be lighter, but I still don’t get the ripples because I’m in the way of the sun. And I don’t know how to reflect the sun so that the ripples will show even where I’m blocking it. Any ideas as to how to solve it?

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