Since I bought the Ultra Wide Angle Lens in July, I have even more focused on architecture photography. Around that time, a friend asked me whether I had applied a polarizer to that lens in order to improve my pictures. Although I did not really believe a polarizer would be neccessary, I did some research on the internet and eventually changed my mind. I learned that light resulting from reflections is mostly polarized and can overlay the actual image resulting in pale colors and possible overexposures on affected areas. Also, considering that I predominantly shoot cities and architecture, there is always a substantial amount of glass involved which inevitably reflects light. Light reflected by water is polarized, too. Even tiny water particles in the sky reflect polarized light, desaturating its blue color on the photo.
A polarizer is a filter element that is mounted in front of the main lens of the DSLR camera and reduces or even cancels polarized light under certain conditions. This allows to get a clear view of reflective surfaces and to see through transparent elements that would otherwise be superimposed by reflected light. In addition, the sky will often look darker but more saturated with a polarizer applied. More technical details about polarization can be found in the technical articles later.
Finally, I decided to buy the B+W MRC Nano XS-PRO DIGITAL PREMIUM Polarizer for around 120 USD. The diameter is 67mm to fit my Canon Ultra Wide Angle Lens. Here are some unboxing pictures of the new image enhancer:
I will be updating this post with some live tests as soon as possible!
At the beginning of this week, the delivery of my new car took place at BMW World Munich. Even without such an event, the BMW World is fascinating for anyone who is enthusiastic about new car technology and modern architecture. Everybody interested can visit their exhibitions on vehicle construction and presentations of new cars. As a customer, I was granted access to the delivery zone in a separate area of the facility. I used this great opportunity to take a few shots of the location and the event. The picture taken from the top of my new car was a lucky shot as I almost missed it. I was standing on an upper level of the delivery zone, taking pictures from the interior. A good friend who accompanied me suddenly noticed that the 220i has already been positioned directly underneath us.