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    one of my first plays with new toy

    here below a photo taken with my new B&W MRC kaesemann Circ. Pol Filter.
    last sunday, it has been the first time i have used polarizing filter
    it seems to me that pictures tend to be a bit underexposed.. could it be?
    any kind c&c is most appreciated!!
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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    I could sit in that spot forever...what a yummy view.

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicola View Post
    it seems to me that pictures tend to be a bit underexposed.. could it be?
    Nicola

    What a glorious location.

    The filter should not be the cause of under exposure. You do lose 2-stops (I think) of light with a polarising filter, so obviously you have to adjust the settings to account for that.

    But, assuming that you have done that, then there should be no reason for under-exposing.

    Remember also that when you have got the filter working to maximum effect, it is a very different shooting experience. So maybe you are having to get used to that.

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    Oh, heavens! WHAT a spot!

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Nicola

    What a glorious location.

    The filter should not be the cause of under exposure. You do lose 2-stops (I think) of light with a polarising filter, so obviously you have to adjust the settings to account for that.

    But, assuming that you have done that, then there should be no reason for under-exposing.

    Remember also that when you have got the filter working to maximum effect, it is a very different shooting experience. So maybe you are having to get used to that.
    Thanks Donald
    I have shot in aperture priority, so camera has balanced the loss of light increasing exposure time... perhaps I'have failed something in the light metering... I will check again in my next polarized experience!
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    hi!
    this spot is the 2000-step long stairway to Monesteroli village. this stairway is the only way to access the small village from the earth, the other way is by boat, but one needs always to climb about 300 steps on the cliff to reach the village. during the winter, this stairway to the sea, usually is interrupted by some landslides, I have had to walk also with the hands to reach the seaside last sunday...

    below some other pics
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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Congrats my friend Nicola
    Good work. Nice place of course...
    The steps look a bit dangerous don't they ?
    I noticed that when using the CPF the colours are more saturated and look better to my eyes.
    To use this filter you are supposed to have time to put it on assuming that it is not always on the lens.

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio Correia View Post
    Congrats my friend Nicola
    Good work. Nice place of course...
    The steps look a bit dangerous don't they ?
    I noticed that when using the CPF the colours are more saturated and look better to my eyes.
    To use this filter you are supposed to have time to put it on assuming that it is not always on the lens.
    thanks again Antonio
    that place is a "must see"
    the steps are dangerous, of course, more dangerous if you walk with a camera and the nose pointed everywhere but not on the path to capture nice shot
    it's quite easy and rapid to mount / dismount the filter, and that day I locked it on my 17-40 lens for all the day, as I was always faced towards the sun!

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicola View Post
    thanks again Antonio
    that place is a "must see"
    the steps are dangerous, of course, more dangerous if you walk with a camera and the nose pointed everywhere but not on the path to capture nice shot
    it's quite easy and rapid to mount / dismount the filter, and that day I locked it on my 17-40 lens for all the day, as I was always faced towards the sun!
    Do you use the lens hood all the time ?
    When I use my 24-70 with the CPF I am always removing the lens hood to adjust the filter accordingly to the results. It's boring ...
    This is why I was telling you that the use of the filter takes time. But the results are interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio Correia View Post
    Do you use the lens hood all the time ?
    When I use my 24-70 with the CPF I am always removing the lens hood to adjust the filter accordingly to the results. It's boring ...
    This is why I was telling you that the use of the filter takes time. But the results are interesting.
    yes I use the lens hood all the time
    the hood sold with the 17-40 is designed for a full frame format, so isn't so "long" and I learned quickly to rotate the cpf with that.
    but it doesn't work very well reducing the flare, expecially if you put the cpf over the UV filter, as me
    so I 've bought the hood designed for EF-S 17-55 2.8, which is "longer"
    rotating the cpf is a bit more difficult, but my fingers are really rapid!
    let me say that my cpf is a slim one... just to make the tings easier

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Nicola, I love the image with the path leading to the seated figure. I am thinking that perhaps just a tiny bit of cropping at the bottom and at the top might emphasize the sitting person more. Cutting off the first step of the stone stairway and a bit from the top over the pink flower.

    BTW: Although I have not done this, some photographers use a Dremel Tool to cut a slot from the bottom of the lenshood to facilitate turning the CPL. I would probably want to buy a cheap Chinese knock-off lens hood to try that on rather than to take the chance of ruining an expensive Canon OEM hood...

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    Nicola, I love the image with the path leading to the seated figure. I am thinking that perhaps just a tiny bit of cropping at the bottom and at the top might emphasize the sitting person more. Cutting off the first step of the stone stairway and a bit from the top over the pink flower.

    BTW: Although I have not done this, some photographers use a Dremel Tool to cut a slot from the bottom of the lenshood to facilitate turning the CPL. I would probably want to buy a cheap Chinese knock-off lens hood to try that on rather than to take the chance of ruining an expensive Canon OEM hood...
    Thanks Richard!
    I think your sugg. can work well. the top and the bottom of the picture aren't so relevant for the matter.
    I saw your thread Lens Hoods
    it's time to find that kind of hood for my 17-40 even if I bought a new one a few wekks ago, as you know.
    Perhaps it will be very interesting for Antňnio too

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Richard's solution is a good one indeed.
    Thank you Richard and thank you Nicola

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Wonderful shots and location,I just felt a bit queazy because there's no hand rail..and people who live at the end of the path have those steps to climb and descend each time they want to leave the village do they ? It's amazing where some people live.

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    Re: one of my first plays with new toy

    Hi John
    yes is amazing! expecially if you think that village has been built at least one hundred of year ago, when there wasn't running water at home, or electrical light...
    at the present day those are houses for vacancies

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