wow, what a difference
The reflections on the wet rocks and foliage during the visit to the Honen'in Temple (法然院) presented in my previous post made for some interesting possibilities with the polarizing filter.
Swiping the mouse side to side on the photo above shows the effect of different filter rotations.
I like the rocks better when the bright reflections, but that also leaves the reflections on the foliage in the background, leaving them relatively washed out compared to the richer colors seen when the polarizer is turned to block reflections. (More impactful examples of foliage-related reflections are shown in “Heading Out To Photograph The Fall Foliage? Don’t Forget The Polarizer Filter”.)
But all in all, I'll take the reflections on the rock.
This next example, a close-up of the rocks, is just freaky, as the different surface angles have their reflections attenuated at different stages of the filter rotation:
The next two examples of the same water basin show how well reflections are cut from the surface of the water, but like in the first shot, I want it both ways: I'd prefer to keep the reflections in the water, but cut the reflections from the moss, bamboo, and rock. Oh well.
I've been doing so many of these interactive comparisons lately (such as comparing various shutter speeds with flowing water and comparing apertures) that I decided to make a category for them on my blog, Interactive Photo-Effect Presentations.
Skimming through my 2,000+ blog posts for articles to include, I was surprised to find more than 20.