Yellow leaves

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    Maple tree in the final yellowish color phase before the leaves fall off. I used a Hoya circular polarizer to reduce sky haze by 50%, this enhanced the saturation of the blue linearly polarized component of scattered sunlight . I also positioned myself and the polarizer angle to boost leaf color by eliminating the white specular reflection component. It can be quite tricky to optimize both polarizer angle and the camera x-y-z position. For non-DSLR users the LCD viewfinders automatic gain impedes the determination of optimum polarization angle because the luminosity does not change as you rotate the filter. Polarized sunglasses were used to find the 'sweet' spot because sunglasses have a very wide field of view, are easier to rotate and allow you to spot and eliminate specular reflection glints because these are often very small but numerous and very difficult to see on a small LCD screen. The strong blue color gradient is due to preferential linear polarization of scattered sunlight with a maximum at 90 degrees from the Sun projected on the sky. To reduce noise I used the lowest ISO setting and a tripod to increase exposure time to compensate for the light loss in the polarizer. For more examples of exotic sky effects consult the Polarizer Pool.

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    1. James Mundie 94 months ago | reply

      Don't really care how it was achieved - but it's a lovely image. Great work.

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    2. Salva del Saz 94 months ago | reply

      Beautiful colors and light!

    3. flavia2012 93 months ago | reply

      excellent colours and light! great shot indeed!

    4. Andrew I Smith 93 months ago | reply

      beautiful colour

    5. Fran Durillo 93 months ago | reply

      Preciosos tonos, muy bonito.

    6. gillesC 93 months ago | reply

      magnifique contraste

    7. Fatima2t 92 months ago | reply

      really beautiful shot!! everything is soo perfect!! love it!

    8. TPorter2006 92 months ago | reply

      Awesome image, obviously a fellow leaf peeper!

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    10. rusty_on_flickr 90 months ago | reply

      Astonishing colors here.

    11. Bruno Misseeuw 90 months ago | reply

      Nice colors well done !

    12. K Kay 86 months ago | reply

      Beautiful colors. Very nice reminder of the season!

    13. niceguy8621 81 months ago | reply

      Great Photo. May I ask which Hoya Circular Polarizer you used (normal, double coated...etc)? Thanks

    14. jpctalbot 81 months ago | reply


      JAPAN DL
      diameter 58 mm
      PITCH 0.75
      Multicoated only on the surface facing the camera.
      Subject facing surface is uncoated. (too bad!)

      UPC 024066016775

    15. TravelMuse... 80 months ago | reply

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    16. daiseedeb 78 months ago | reply

      oh such happy glorious colors!

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