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    Default Qn on how to use circular polariser

    Noob question on C-PL.. Say i'm taking a landscape photo, lots of sky with buildings/ forest @ the bottom.. where should i meter to get the nice blue sky? Or go manual?

    These days hardly see the sun, wanna experiment oso damn hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaiser View Post
    where should i meter to get the nice blue sky? Or go manual?
    I suggest that you go manual.

    Look at the sky and depending on where you place your Zone 5. Difference zone placement will yield different results. I usually place my midtone near the underlining (shadow part) of the clouds.

    Also, the direction of the sun is very important. You will not get blue sky if you shoot towards the sun.
    Last edited by photobum; 14th January 2007 at 05:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    I suggest that you go manual.

    Look at the sky and depending on where you place your Zone 5. Difference zone placement will yield different results. I usually place my midtone near the underlining (shadow part) of the clouds.

    Also, the direction of the sun is very important. You will not get blue sky if you shoot towards the sun.
    u lost me there on the zones..

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    first, you must have a blue sky to start with.

    second, to get the max effect of the polariser, the sun should be on your left or right, if you are facing the sun, you can't get any effect from polariser.

    third, zone V(zone 5) ,means mid tone.
    find where you want to place your mid tone, means where you want to take the meter reading from, and that area is expose as mid tone.
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    hmm i try n tell u...thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaiser View Post
    hmm i try n tell u...thanks
    Ahhhh..... Another one bites the dust. This proves that Zone System is very confusing for some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Ahhhh..... Another one bites the dust. This proves that Zone System is very confusing for some people.
    so when're you going to give me some pointers abt the zone system

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopel View Post
    so when're you going to give me some pointers abt the zone system
    Attend my workshop lor.... I will tell you everything about the system and how to use it in your photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Attend my workshop lor.... I will tell you everything about the system and how to use it in your photography.
    i'll prefer drinking coffee and sharing ideas than attending workshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopel View Post
    i'll prefer drinking coffee and sharing ideas than attending workshop.
    Good for you.... Where would you like to drink your coffee? You 'branja' me, and I will tell you briefly how to use the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Good for you.... Where would you like to drink your coffee? You 'branja' me, and I will tell you briefly how to use the system.
    punggol is the best, there's a group of CSers use to meet up. Well AMK will be nearer to you - how's abt the Mcdonald opposite the AMK NLB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopel View Post
    punggol is the best, there's a group of CSers use to meet up. Well AMK will be nearer to you - how's abt the Mcdonald opposite the AMK NLB.
    Wow... You read my mind. I was about to propose the McD across AMK library. PM me for date and time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Wow... You read my mind. I was about to propose the McD across AMK library. PM me for date and time.
    ok will pm you when I get my project done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Wow... You read my mind. I was about to propose the McD across AMK library. PM me for date and time.
    I stay in Sengkang. Can i join in? Am interested to learn too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Wow... You read my mind. I was about to propose the McD across AMK library. PM me for date and time.
    That's a walking distance from my house... Looks like you're gonna get a lot of treats!

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    I am free on every Tuesday afternoon after 4. We can meet there once 'jopel' PM'ed me.

    So here is my list of 'victims':
    1. jopel
    2. blueayz
    3. Rashkae
    All of you are going to take turns to 'branja' me McCafe coffee.
    Last edited by photobum; 16th January 2007 at 09:24 AM.

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    er...metering for sky and c-pl are two diff things...with or without c-pl, metering for sky should still be taken into account...c-pl is only to enhance the blueness of the sky...me, I usually just take meter reading from the sky and adjust 2-2 1/2 stops brighter...sky should be about zone 7 or 8 right ..
    Last edited by theRBK; 16th January 2007 at 01:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    I am free on every Tuesday afternoon after 4. We can meet there once 'jopel' PM'ed me.

    So here is my list of 'victims':
    1. jopel
    2. blueayz
    3. Rashkae
    All of you are going to take turns to 'branja' me McCafe coffee.
    Since 3 of us we branja you a whole meal lah! Else later you full of kopi become . But if next Tuesday I may not be able to make it. Unless after 8pm. I'm free on Wed to Sat before 6pm tho or I join you during another session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK View Post
    sky should be about zone 7 or 8 right ..
    Zone VIII for sky using a digital camera is suicidal.

    The Zone System is used differently with a digital camera, that's all I can say. Otherwise, I will reveal too much of my trade secrets.

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