Gold-N-Blue polarizer

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kallisti, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. kallisti macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    I just discovered an interesting filter that I've started to play with:

    Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue

    It is a polarizing filter that influences the blue or gold colors in an image.

    Here are some snapshots showing its effects. All images shot on a tripod @ 24mm on an FF body with some slight cropping to remove vignetting. Otherwise, no adjustments were made in PP. All images shot as RAW.

    No filter.

    Standard circular polarizer. Because of the relatively wide angle of view there is a darker band in the sky in the middle of the image (the effect of the polarizer filter) which trails off towards either edge. This is more pronounced on the left, because I wasn't shooting at exactly 90 degrees relative to the sun.

    Gold-N-Blue filter rotated to maximize the gold effect. Not very complementary for this particular image. Just like with the standard circular polarizer, the effect is more pronounced in the center because of the wide angle of view.

    Gold-N-Blue filter rotated to maximize the blue effect.

    Again, other than a slight crop nothing was done to these images in PP. No masking. No layers. No gradients. Nada. All differences between the images relate to the different filters and not to changes in camera settings. Because these are polarizing filters, the effects will obviously vary with light source and angle relative to the light source.
  2. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    Thanks for interesting and informative post.

    That filter would work for shots of rock formations, some architecture and maybe even some portraits if you wanted kind of a glow.

    I just got back some scanned 6X9 slides taken with a vintage folding camera. I love the sort of vintage film look, but some skies were blue and others washed out. It would be interesting to hold one of these filters up in front and see what would happen.

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