Friday, April 01, 2011

The LB Warming Polarizer makes the scene at Susan and Neil Silverman's workshop

The team of Susan and Neil Silverman are two of the busiest photographers and workshop leaders in the country. "While we were leading a photo workshop on the California coast, we were challenged by the contrast in light that can happen with bright light, water, and deep rich foliage. In previous years we had made a side trip to this special area off the coast -- a small creek and falls hidden deep in the woods, off the beaten path, yet a stone's throw from the open ocean. The natural architecture of the woods lends itself to some wonderful compositions, but the weather and condition of the foliage often isn't inspiring.

"Fortunately, a few days of measurable rain had made the small creek to be flowing and lush. The ferns and greenery were washed clean of their normal ground dust, but of course this means working with the water glare and challenges of wet green leaves. This is a very small nook in the woods and not far from mainstream urban lifestyle.

"We were delighted to see that the creek was running full throttle, with the smaller falls in the distance full and charging down to the ocean. We took a few test shots, but the contrast was strong and the whole area tended to be too cool and blue. A satisfactory image could be composed quite easily; all the elements of layering, graphic lines and colors were there, but the final image just did not "ring true" when we checked the camera's LCD display -- we knew that there was more to the story than our camera was capturing.

"That's when we pulled out our Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer and it immediately changed the feeling of the the whole scene, creating an inviting, appealing waterscape. The filter allowed for a slower shutter speed which magically slowed and smoothed the water, and it also warmed up the whole area while still looking natural. Without the filter, or with just a neutral polarizer, we would not have had the ambiance created here, which is just what we had in our mind's eye for this wonderful spot. The image was shot with a Nikon D700 and a 42mm lens at f16 for 15 seconds.

Working with the filter was fast and easy, and once we'd demonstrated the potential for this shot, we allowed our workshop participants to try the filter for themselves. Each person was able to get their own rendition and capture the magic of this spot in the forest. Everyone shot the image without the filter, and then with it. All the objectionable glare of the wet foliage was removed, the water was slowed to an inviting mist, and the whole scene turned out to be a favorite of every student. Hands down, everyone preferred their image using the Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer over their own polarizer or no polarizer at all.

"There are some effects that can be simulated with a photo editing program or plug-in, but there is nothing as satisfying as capturing your vision "in camera," seeing it in the field and knowing that you have captured the moment in a genuine and true style. It is a great feeling to know that you have captured the image while you're on the scene, and not have to worry about trying to 'recreate' the feeling post process. With this filter, you see it, you capture it, and you have it!!"

In addition to their frequent workshops, Susan and Neil spend their time photographing many different scenes and subjects for magazines, their own gallery and stock photo clients. Their work is represented by both national and international stock agencies and has appeared in a variety of publications. Visit their website for complete information.

1 comment:

Eric said...

Beautiful photo!

After spending over an hour in photoshop recreating a similar warming effect as best as I could, I decided that this filter is a must, so I moved it to the top of my list of necessary gear, and I'm glad to be a new owner of the vari-n-duo!