Beach houses at Muizenberg Beach, South Africa; Sept ’92
using a polarizing filter with landscape photography
In trying to find an interesting image for my entry this week in the Alive for 365 project, I went back into my archives to some color transparencies I had scanned. It’s still too cold to venture out and hunt new photographs, so I took the comfortable way out. In going through my older photographs, I noticed that in my landscape photography, there were two common links.
The first link in the images is that the landscapes, as photographed, were most often simplified to basic shapes and patterns. They were reduced views of what I saw at the time. I mentioned this briefly in a previous post showing some archive images.
The second link isn’t a thematic one, but rather based on technique. Most of them used a polarizer filter. For me this was, and still is, my most useful accessory when photographing landscapes.
The complementary yellow and near-violet colors here are saturated to a deep color. The red and white lighthouse is then neatly positioned between these two bands of colours.
Lighthouse at Cape Aghulas; Sept ’92
One of my favorite landscape photos at the time was this backlit scene, taken near Fouriesburg in the Free State, South Africa. May ’95
At one point, while walking around in the veldt here, I turned around and looked back from where I had come … and saw the landscape looking entirely different when partially backlit. A simple change of viewpoint completely changed the way I saw the light fall on the landscape. What appealed to me here was the subtle way the lines and colors converged. A polarizer filter saturated the colors even more by cutting down on the glare.
The strong saturation in these image is mostly due to the polarizer filter that was used.
My recommendation for a Polarizer Filter: