Just this morning I was taking a look into my cupboard with all my camera gear. I found some things in there that I had completely forgotten about. Things like old lens shades out of rubber, flash triggers, color filters in red, blue, yellow, orange and so on.
One of the things I found was a polarizing filter. Guess what size it is. 49mm and that is just the size my new X100T is. Yes I could not resist this Fuji X100T and had to get it.
Anyway, I found this old polarizing filter from Soligor. It just fits great on the X100T, especially as it is also “Made in Japan”. 🙂
Now down to the actual idea of this blog post. In the good old film days we used to use all sorts of filters. For black and white shots you would have to choose the correct color filter for the shot. These days this can all be done via software.
What about a UV filter? We don´t really need a UV filter on a modern digital camera anymore, except for protection of the front element of the lens. A UV filter used to keep the UV light off the film. Modern sensors all ready have a UV protection. So in order to protect the front element of the lens one could also use a clear filter. Fujifilm offers these for the X-Series lenses.
Now what about a polarizing filter. This one is forgotten by most digital users as well. But this is the one we could use more again. In order to know what a polarizing filter does I urge you to take a look at this article on wikipedia.
I did my own little test in my garden this morning. The sun was shining so beautifully. I took a shot with and without the filter mounted on my Fuji X100T.
These photographs are all jpegs ooc. I just resized them to 1600px for the blogpost. The effect can also be seen in the raw files.
Why am I writing about this. Well quite simple. Maybe we should not always rely on software but come back to old photographic rules of physics. Such as a polarizing filter to achieve a wonderful blue sky and this special 3D pop to our shots. You can clearly see by these test images that the effect is stunning.