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Old 09-03-2009, 09:36   #1 (permalink)
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Question Which Filter should I buy?

Dear Pixalo Champs,
I am a little confused out here and cant decide as to what type of filter should I buy - a Circular-Polarizer or a Neutral(Natural) Density filter.

Have a look at the picture attached. Most of my pictures get ruined cause while taking a picture, in a tropical area like India, where sun would be shining at right angles , half of the picture is always over exposed and gives that burn out effect whereas the other half is dark and underexposed.

www.geocities.com/surajkumar77/DSCF3726-01.jpg

Adjusting the focus and DOF doesnt help . Hence please advise me as to what type of filter should I buy, A circular polarizer or a ND filter.

See my sample pics here, Flickr: surajkumar77's Photostream
Most of the pictures are spoilt because of this.

I have a Fuji S6500(6000) FD camera.
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Re: Which Filter should I buy?

A polarizer would certainly not go wrong in your situation, looking at your flickr I can see a couple of pics where it might have been handy. Are you using the hood that came with the camera? I notice some shots have lens flare, using the hood would help eliminate some of this. I don't know your camera but on mine using the hood and polarizer is a pain, you can't rotate the filter because the hood gets in the way so I usually take one off, it's normally the hood that goes back in my bag.

Perhaps you need to change the time of day when you take outdoor shots to when the sun is not so harsh, waiting if possible until late afternoon or very early morning will give you a softer light.
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I echo Chilliman thoughts
When traveling to such AWESOME places like India, enjoy yourself. Don't worry about snapping pictures in the middle of the day. Go shopping, visit people, take in the sights and sounds of various events and places. If you are traveling with families enjoy their company. When the sun starts to fall, THEN get your camera out or if you are an earlier riser then that is also a good time. This is because unless you are planning on STACKING and I mean STACKING a whole buch of ND filters and a CP you are not going to get AS GOOD of pictures as you would if you waited for the sun to fall. Most landscape pictures of this type, you want to convey color, rich lush colors. YES you NEED a CP and ND or even GND are essential to a nice picture but nothing can save a dull midday picture taken in the blazing hot sun.
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