Today’s featured photo of the day! October’s feature is: Fall Color/Landscapes

Here is today’s featured photos. For the month of October I am featuring fall color and landscapes photography as the style. For today, I am posting two nice photos of colorful Hambone Lake in the Cook County forest preserves near Palos Heights in Illinois. Note that the polarizer has a control both ways on how the photo is portrayed. As you turn the polarizer, starting at 12 o’clock, by the time you arrive 6 o’clock going around in degrees, the polarizer will have the same effect at each of these points, or the minimized effect. The point at 3 o’ clock to 3:30 and 9 o’clock and 9:30 are the maximized effect. The midway points between all the effective times are as if the polarizer has barely any effect other than darkening the shot like a grey filter would. Minimized effect actually blocks reflections off water from exposure onto your photo, and also brightening a blue sky. This effect is often very useful for a presentation in taking photos through windows, as the reflection is hidden. The maximized effect refracts the reflection amplifying the effect and also deepening the blue skies. The reason–polarization is the amplification and retarding of the horizontal and vertical axis that controls the effects going round the 360° the polarizer can go around through. Date – October 1981.

Hambone Lake 2a__Konica Color

Photo #1 taken with a Nikon EM camera through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=polarizer maximized at between 45° and 50° (note great reflection), Aperture=16 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, loaded with Konica ISO (ASA) 100 Color 135-20 Negative Film processed with C-41 Processing Chemicals, and a Type C Print using the RA-4 enlargement paper process, onto a 4X6″ semi-gloss print.

Hambone Lake 2b__Konica Color

Photo #2 taken moments later with the same Nikon EM camera through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=polarizer minimized or 90° from first shot (note blocked reflection), Aperture=16 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, same roll of Konica ISO (ASA) 100 Color 135-20 Negative Film processed with same C-41 Processing Chemicals, and same Type C Print using the RA-4 enlargement paper process, onto a 4X6″ semi-gloss print.

TIP:  Polarizers are one of the most useful tools bar none without making any obviousness to using an effect at all, but very powerful in its actual usefulness in obtaining on demand effects.

Enjoy, and see you tomorrow with another fine fall color and/or landscape photograph!!

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