Lake Quinault

Uploaded: February 10, 2002


Using a polarizer to intensify the blue sky, I shot this with the intention of conveying a restful, relaxing day by the lake.


December 10, 2002

Color saturation is amazing! Are you using a polorizing filter? #15277

Jim Miotke My Courses May 26, 2019

Thanks, Chad. Yes, this has been fully polarized to get that deep blue sky and saturated reds and greens.

Although I have learned over the years that a little polarizing goes a long way, I still can't live without this filter.

Thanks again for your comments. #29848

Melissa Williams May 26, 2019

So a circular polarizer will enhance my blue skies? I didn't know that =) I was only using it to combat reflections on glass and water, etc. I'll be using it a lot more now! #131877

Kelly Heaton March 31, 2004

Nice Color...yes I get that feeling...I would like to be sitting there with a tall glass of ice tea , taking in some sun rays..... #456584

Rick Richardson September 19, 2004

Hey Jim, question for you: in this shot, are you using a polarizer with a digital camera or film? Do you think it is still a good idea to use this filter even though we can achieve this effect in PS? Thanks!! #792324

Jim Miotke My Courses September 20, 2004

Thanks for your questions and comments.

Yes, Eric, I still do use the traditional polarizer often, even when shooting digitally. This image was created with a film camera, many years ago.

I don't use other filters, because I know I can duplicate the effect in Photoshop and, thus, shooting without a filter, I have more options than if I were to shoot one photo with a filter.

However, there is a trade-off. In order to create the effect in Photoshop, one needs to know the program and have the time to do the software work. So I still recommend shooting with a polarizer out in the field. I find the polarizer to be so helpful that I often shoot one photo with and one photo without it.

Thanks again for your comments. As the rainy days are coming on full force, I too could really use a day by the lake - soaking in the sunshine :^) #793422

March 06, 2005

Hi Jim, loking at your gallery, great photos. In this one, even though I see the composition (I'm learning that stuff, looking at lots of comments and critiques :) ), the white spots on the tree on the left distract my eyes from the purpose, or the point, of the picture, which I think is for the chairs to take you to the further-away object. The depth is excellent, as are in probably all of your pix where depth is wanted.

Take care, Riia #1151862

Rick Richardson March 06, 2005

Riaa, I'm looking at Jim's shot with my 21" screen and don't see the white spots you refer to. Something that helped my perspective quite a bit was reading some of the late Galen Rowell's thoughts on why one does not always have to 'remove something undesirable' from every photo (ie: photoshop). Indeed, It can be satisfying to leave a photo, excepting on-lens filters, 'as shot'. Eric. #1152368

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