Polarising Filter

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    Jack Oliver

    This one I used a polarising filter to get rid of some of the reflection from the sea. Sorry it took so long, I was trying to get the weather right and get a photo of the sea.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    No worries.

    As long as you keep shooting and getting through the course I’m happy.

    Here is the EXIF data for the image:
    [attachment=1:1qvd6tbb]IMG_3166 EXIF.png[/attachment:1qvd6tbb]

    Date Time Original: 2013:03:27 12:02:10
    Exposure Time: 1/160
    F Number: f / 9
    Exposure Program: Landscape mode
    ISO Speed Ratings: 100
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length: 40mm
    White Balance: Auto white balance
    Make: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 650D
    LensInfo: 4
    LensModel: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II­+
    LensSerialNumber: 0000688b3c
    Exif Version:
    Flashpix Version:
    Color Space: 1
    Pixel X Dimension: 5184
    Pixel Y Dimension: 3456
    Maker Note: 910
    User Comment: 8542
    Date Time Digitized: 2013:03:27 12:02:10
    Subsec Time: 73
    Subsec Time Original: 73
    Subsec Time Digitized: 73
    Shutter Speed Value: 7.38
    Aperture Value: 6.38
    Focal Plane X Resolution: 5798.66
    Focal Plane Y Resolution: 5788.94
    Focal Plane Resolution Unit: 2
    Custom Rendered: Normal process
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    InteroperabilityIFDPointer: 8806
    ExifIFDPointer: 360
    GPSInfoIFDPointer: 9034
    Orientation: 1
    YCbCr Positioning: 2
    X Resolution: 72
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    Date Time: 2013:03:27 12:02:10
    Artist: JACK OLIVER

    Now I can’t fault you for your use of the filter. It looks like the image worked out nicely for you.

    What drives me nuts though is crooked horizon lines! In a super minimalist image like this which features the ocean prominently there is no excuse! 😎

    [attachment=0:1qvd6tbb]example of crooked horizon line IMG_3166.jpg[/attachment:1qvd6tbb]

    I have highlighted the area here that is crooked. It’s key for this kind of image. It becomes even more critical when you try to make prints of an image with a crooked horizon.

    Now with that in mind I’m glad you’re back on track and you’ve tried using your filter.

    Try to play around with filters as much as you can. The more you use them, the more you will recognize when they are needed and when they’re not.

    Nice work here and I’ll see you on the next one! 😉

    Jack Oliver

    Thanks, I’ll try experimenting with different filters and try to get the horizon straight. Also could you recommend a canon telescopic lens?

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Yes for sure, what is your budget?

    Jack Oliver

    Probably $800 maximum roughly.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Tough to say, but I’m partial to the 70-200mm canons although you may be hard pressed to find a really high quality piece of glass at that range.


    If I would recommend anything I would recommend building out your kit of lenses slowly over time. You can always check ebay or craigslist but you need to be extra careful there. I’ve only ever sold gear there but I’ve never bought there.

    Don’t forget you can always get an extender if you need to increase the power of the lens.

    Extenders are awesome for that:


    What I would also say is to not focus on your kit as much as you focus on the images themselves. Some of the greatest photos ever taken we’re created with old cameras that are probably worse than what we are shooting with now!

    I hope that helps.

    Jack Oliver

    Thanks you, I will think about that.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    My pleasure.

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