Friday, November 04, 2011

Adam Barker never leaves home without his LB Warming Polarizer -- it's the ONE !

Now that Adam Barker is back home in Utah after leading a number of photo workshops -- including several weeks in Asia -- he's once again emphasizing the importance of the one Singh-Ray filter he would urge every outdoor photographer to use. "I am asked repeatedly at my workshops and seminars what filter I use most, and the answer is always the same. If a dog is a man’s best friend, then Singh-Ray’s LB Warming Polarizer is a photographer’s most trusted sidekick. There are so many different shooting situations where this one filter can work wonders for our images.

"During my career as an outdoor photographer, I have been fortunate to travel to many parts of the world, photographing places, people and activities that many only dream of. I count myself one of the lucky few who gets to pursue their passion every single day. Whether I’m in the Bahamas shooting saltwater fly fishing, in Germany capturing the splendor of the Bavarian Alps, or closer to my home in Utah, the LB Warming Polarizer is one tool I never, ever leave home without. For example, the above photo of saltwater flyfishing in the Bahamas was much more effective and meaningful because it was taken with my LB Warming Polarizer. I decided to use the polarizer for this scene to deepen the sky and make the clouds pop. It was also very effective in removing the bright glare from the water and revealing the natural colors underneath.

"Fully understanding how a circular polarizer works is essential if I expect to take full advantage of the different shooting conditions I face on any given day. I have come to rely on this filter to such an extent that I will actually search out compositions that allow to me use it to its full extent. I find I'm always eager to use the polarizer to deepen the color of my skies and give clouds that extra punch!

"This next image was captured in the Bavarian alps along the spectacular Partnacht Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Here again, I used my LB Warming Polarizer to remove the sheen from the river and wet foliage during the long exposure. The LB Warming Polarizer will be most effective when it is directed at subjects that are positioned about 90 degree to the axis of the sun. To help me figure out how and where my polarizing filter will be most effective, I wear polarized sunglasses in the field and then tilt my head side to side while studying each scene in front of me. As I tilt my head, I can observe the effect of the polarizing lenses as reflections disappear and the blue in the sky deepens. This also helps me to be more aware of when and where to use the polarizing filter. Soon enough, that super-duper polarizing 'sixth sense' will kick in, and I just know when the scene will benefit greatly from my LB Polarizer.

"The LB Warming Polarizer is also particularly effective when shooting during the fall season. Not all photographers know that foliage has just the slightest natural sheen to it. This means that unless we cut through that sheen, we aren’t really capturing the full depth of color and detail to be found in the scene. This is one of those moments when understanding how and when to use the LB Warming Polarizer can help reveal the colors in a scene more clearly than they appear to our naked eye.

"As I approached this otherwise colorful view of Warm Creek Bay on Utah's Lake Powell, it became immediately apparent that the sky was casting a significant glare on the surface of the bay. It's always a kick when I can use the Warming Polarizer to cut through such glare -- just by rotating the outer ring. It’s exceedingly difficult, if not altogether impossible to replicate this effect in post processing, thus the vital importance of understanding how this filter can help you in the field.

"Finally, understanding how best to use my polarizing filter gives me the confidence to keep shooting well into the late morning when other shooters have since packed up and gone home. This is especially true in the fall when the sun is lower and the seasonal color serves as a perfect complement to a deep, blue sky.

"Never leave home without that polarizer, and you, too, will soon learn why it's a photographer's best friend in the field!"

You can see Adam demonstrate a variety of his filter techniques in our recent video, "Using Singh-Ray Filters in the Field" which also features Tony Sweet and Cole Thompson. To see more examples of Adam's work, check out his blog and website. You can also follow his frequently updated Facebook page and Twitter.


Scott Petler said...

Can you use two of their filters at once? I mean like the graduated ND along with one of these? Or do you have to have the polarizer on your lens along with the hand held ND grad?

aj73 said...

hey man amazing pics
what camera is used to click these?