We had a fine, sunny day today, and I used it to go once more down to the river, intending to get another image of Mittagskogel, but this time in a winter landscape.
This image was shot using a polarizer, and I have to admit that I still don’t feel comfortale with these beasts. They interfere with colors in a way that I don’t like. I used the Sigma 50/1.4 today, this lens has a 77mm filter thread and my 77mm polarizer is a Hoya Pro 1 Digital, that’s the slim, expensive type. I am not really sure, I’d have to make systematic tests and that’s probably a stupid waste of time, but it’s especially the Hoya filters that meddle with my colors. B&W ever gave me that feeling.
What do I mean with “meddling with colors”? Well, it’s probably a shift into magenta, or rather a draining of green and cyan. The images look pale, unsaturated. This is especially true with automatic white balance, thus I normally use “Cloudy”. Underexposing helps as well.
As a result, post-processing this image was quite a challenge. I really had to reconstruct the colors, and I guess the final result is not too unnatural.
What about you? Do polarizers complicate the process for you? JPEG shooters, how do you do it? Any tricks?