Polarized Stream

Filter set to capture reflections

Filter set to capture reflections

If you have a digital camera that will accept filters, you may want to purchase a circular polarizing filter to use as a lens protector and to minimize reflections on photos of water surfaces.  These filters are generally good investments for wetland enthusiasts, and you can easily set the filter position to achieve the effect you want.  I used the ProMaster Digital Circular Polarizing Filter.

In this first photo, the filter is set such that the photo captures a maximum of reflections from the water surface.  From an aesthetic standpoint, these reflections may be desirable.
 

Filter is set to minimize reflections

Filter is set to minimize reflections

In this second photo, the filter is set such that the reflections are minimized.  In this case, the underwater sandbar ripples are clearly visible.  If you take lots of wetland photos, a polarizing filter may open up some new opportunities to capture images of subjects that are under the water surface.

Using Sunglasses As a Lens

Using Sunglasses As a Lens

For those of you who have compact digital cameras too small for filters, try using a pair of polarized sunglasses handheld over the lens (I picked up a pair at LL Bean). After snapping and viewing a couple of photos you will know how to orient the sunglasses for horizontal and vertical shots.

You can use this handheld polarized sunglasses trick to minimize reflections from water surfaces, to emphasize clouds on a sunny day, and to capture sunset shots.

This sunset photo was one of many that I took using a Sony Cybershot compact digital camera with a pair of amber polarized sunglasses handheld over the lens.  I was quite pleased with the results, and I suspect that you will be pleased with your results as well.

Good luck and have fun.

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