Another Dramatic Afternoon Sky

The circular polarizer is definitely the landscape photographer’s best friend. It plays two very important roles. First, it increases contrast between the blue sky and white clouds. Second, it helps saturate the colors in your image. Put these two attributes together with the late afternoon sun and you’ve got a beautiful, warm image to show off.

Sugar Mill Silos

Another Dramatic Afternoon Sky
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a tripod mounted Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM at 29mm, f/20, 1/50th sec at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film.

One thing to note. A good circular polarizer filter is fairly expensive ($75 – $125) but the cheap ones can ruin the quality of your images. I prefer a B&W or Heliopan slim circular polarizer for my EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens since both of these are of excellent design, quality and workmanship. You can find both of these brands at your better camera stores or online at B&H Photo or Adorama. Like all photographic gear, buy the best circular polarizer that you can afford and only buy it once!