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    Because I've a friend in Europe now on exchange, and she says the skies in that part of the world are always nicer, and because I want to prove her wrong, a quick question on what lens(es) are good for taking shots of the sky.

    And also because I've seen some on the galleries on CS and they are frankly quite breathtaking.

    p.s. it's not just landscape photography. More like the horizon is only a third of the frame, while the sky fills the rest.



    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nabilmust View Post
    Because I've a friend in Europe now on exchange, and she says the skies in that part of the world are always nicer, and because I want to prove her wrong, a quick question on what lens(es) are good for taking shots of the sky.

    And also because I've seen some on the galleries on CS and they are frankly quite breathtaking.

    p.s. it's not just landscape photography. More like the horizon is only a third of the frame, while the sky fills the rest.


    Thanks in advance.
    Any decent wide angle lens is good if the sky is good. Shoot around 3pm where there's maximum polarization of the atmosphere due to the position of the sun. Shoot with the sun behind you but I think you can forget about this period where the sky is overcast almost everyday..

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    your friend is correct, local sky is badly polluted, and also our sky here are thinner.

    any lens and do a job well, best is just a wide angle, you also need a PL CIR filter, you have to wait for a sunny day, and the position of the sun should at your left or right when you use the PL filter.

    I would not recommend using a GND filter, in fact including PL CIR as well, cos if you want to make a comparison, you should shoot the sky as it is, and not a PSed photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Any decent wide angle lens is good if the sky is good. Shoot around 3pm where there's maximum polarization of the atmosphere due to the position of the sun. Shoot with the sun behind you but I think you can forget about this period where the sky is overcast almost everyday..
    wow, thanks! never knew about 3p.m. before. But now i'm going to make full use of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    your friend is correct, local sky is badly polluted, and also our sky here are thinner.
    I'll have to try my luck and wait for that one day when it happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    ... you also need a PL CIR filter...
    ...I would not recommend using a GND filter...
    OK, here I'll have to ask what the abbreviations refer to because I'm new and I have no clue.

    PL CIR = polariser circular?
    I haven't a clue as to the GND bit though.. help please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nabilmust View Post
    I'll have to try my luck and wait for that one day when it happens.



    OK, here I'll have to ask what the abbreviations refer to because I'm new and I have no clue.

    PL CIR = polariser circular?
    I haven't a clue as to the GND bit though.. help please?
    graduated neutral density

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    Quote Originally Posted by burger View Post
    graduated neutral density
    Whoopdidoo i just went to wikipedia and found out just as much. heh. Wikipedia makes ignorance almost unforgivable - provided it's accurate.

    Solved the mystery of CPL as well.

    But thanks anyway!

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    Actually, I would tend to agree with your friend.

    And if we are talking about sunsets, a more polluted atmosphere will actually cause the colours to take on more brilliant reds. So in a way, its not a good trade-off, beatiful sunsets due to poor air quality.

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