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    Default Question on Circular Polarizer

    I am thinking whether to get circular polarizer/s for my Tamron 17-50 and/or Pentax 50-200 for an upcoming Nepal trip.

    Here's 2 sets of pics (Set Pic1 and Set Pic2) I took a few years back.

    Pic1_A


    Pic1_B



    Pic2_A


    Pic2_B



    I am going to ask a subjective question
    Which in each set do you prefer? A or B?

    Why is the sky blackish, rather than a darker shade of blue, from the effect of the polarizer?
    Frankly I find it a bit unnatural, though I kinda like the greater contrast.

    Cheers.

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    I prefer Picture A. The sky is more interesting.

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    Prefer Set A, but the foreground is quite underexposed in the first photo. But then again I am viewing on my iPhone, so maybe it's just me. For this kind of shot, wondering if a GND filter might work better.

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    Default Re: Question on Circular Polarizer

    I like set B. No real reasons.... except that I like 'brighter' pic... and set A seemed abit dark and gloomy...
    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
    My lousy shots

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    Default Re: Question on Circular Polarizer

    I like set B. Get to see more details especially of the foreground

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    Pic 2_A is my preference - if the sky is a little more blue will be perfect.

    A cpl will work if you are facing diagonally to the sun; so long as not 90 degrees to you. You may also need a GND filter to underexpose the alps. Alternatively, go hdr.

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