On an early morning, I was standing on the New Jersey side of the Hoboken River. It was calm, there were just a few people passing by. In front of me, the Empire State Building. In New York it sat in the light of the sunrise. With a twist of my circular polarizer, the clouds popped, there was drama and I was content with my frame.
For a while, now, I have been trying to keep my photography minimalist. When I am out with my camera I try to stick to using one lens, mostly a 35mm and that’s about it. Lately, though, my camera work has had me around water and glass. To make my life easier, I started using a circular polarizer again. I should have never stopped using one…. yes, yes I am an idiot
A circular polarizer is often placed in front of a camera lens in order to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare. This filter also intensifies blue sky increasing contrast in the sky. On the Hudson river, working out of the side of a train and capturing frames at the other weird locations I find myself, a circular polarizer has become invaluable again. I think I need to order a few more.
Here are some of my frame rediscovering the usefulness of the circular polarizer.