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Old 01-14-2015, 02:02 AM   #37
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I also recall seeing that comment from the photographer regarding his use of a polarizing filter. My first reaction was WHY? The sun does not appear to be visible from the photographer's standpoint, so as far as I can see, the only thing that polarizer was doing was robbing him of a couple of stops of light in a scene where shadows and highlights were going to be a real challenge.

I have noticed that a fair number of railfans, many of whom are carrying some pretty nice gear, are routinely running around with polarizing filters on their lenses. It leaves me scratching my head most of the time. A couple of weekends ago, I was out shooting the Conway Scenic. It was dark and cloudy with a featureless sky and a snowstorm just hours away. I was already in ISO 800 country when I see this fellow standing around with a 70-200mm f/2.8 that obviously had a CPL mounted. I would love to see what he got with that rig.

I have a really nice CPL and I think I can count on my 10 fingers the number of times that I've ever had the thing on the camera.

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