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    Default What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Hi,

    I've searched this question all over the internet and the answers have been inconclusive. Using a CPL and shooting at a 90 degree angle from the sun is one technique but which is one particular time of the day when the sky will be deep, deep blue?

    Ive been shooting for just over a year and macro is my first choice but Im gearing towards landscapes soon. Hope I can get some tips and insights from the CS experts...

    Thanks and happy shooting!
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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    1. You achieve maximum polarization when the sun is low in the sky. This means, mornings and afternoons are better times to shoot landscapes with a polarizer, than say at high noon.

    2. When choosing your shooting subject, try to place yourself with the sun to your left or right. If the light is at a 90 degree angle to the direction in which you are shooting, you will get maximum polarization.

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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Well, morning works for me too. I shot this @ around 1030am. But it really depends on weather conditions.
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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    The best time is actually when the sky is really deep blue?

    I rarely see it in Singapore really...

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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Shot this at 09:08am

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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    CPL will work very well with blue skies that doesn't have too much clouds and when the sun is 90 from the direction of shooting (full darkening-of-blues-in-the-sky effect when you're shooting perpendicular to the sun's rays).. There's really no best time.. it can be early mor,noon or even late aft, depending of where u shoot, to get polarize optimization.
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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Hi all,

    Thanks for all your responses.
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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Early morning and late afternoon.
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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    Pictures can look unnatural if you max out the polarization (post #2); I usually back off a little to get a more natural looking sky.

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    Default Re: What is the best time to shoot a deep blue sky?

    How about this, shot at 6.50pm, no polarisar and straight out of cam jpeg.


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