View Full Version : Blue filter shot
04-09-2010, 08:31 PM
I picked up a blue filter for my lens back in December and have never tried it out because I really didn't know what use it would be. So I decided to put it on and play around with it a little bit. Just took this pic and I think it might have some nice usage for some cool landscape/sky shots.
04-09-2010, 10:57 PM
that is completely awesome. i imagine some silhouette pictures of deer with that filter would be sweet.
04-09-2010, 11:29 PM
One of my friends pointed something out I didn't even notice, that second cloud looks kind'a like a arched fish, check it out:cool:
04-09-2010, 11:43 PM
That's kinda funny with the fish. Pretty sure the point of a blue lens filter is for taking pictures under light from tungsten filament light sources without using a flash. Tungsten light looks yellow/orange with normal film or daylight white balance on a digital camera, and by using a blue filter it will look white.
04-10-2010, 12:55 AM
Some lightly tinted filters might be for pics under different lighting, but this blue filter is one that's made for adding special photo effects to pics though, not for color correcting.
They make all sorts of colored filters for SLR lens like this. I have a blue gradient filter on order right now which with have the heavy blue on the top half of the filter then fades out about mid filter into the bottom half being clear. That one is for making dark blue tinted sky like in the above pic but then the ground will look natural since the bottom of the filter is clear. Looking forward to that one getting here it should make for some nice effects:cool:
since this is about lenses, mayhaps i could get some help on the ones i have. I got some extra lenses with my rig and have no clue how/where to best use utilize them.
1) is kinda grey tinted and is marked PL 37mm
2) is clear and is marked UV 37mm
3) is a decidedly purple tinted and is marked FLD 37mm
04-10-2010, 10:37 AM
The PL filter is a Polarizing filter. It does the same thing as your fishing glasses (cuts reflection on water and also makes things like the sky a bit more darker blue color)
The UV filter is an Ultra Violet filter. It's supposed to cut the UV light and keep your pictures contrast.colors more true. I've shot with & without one and they really don't make a real noticeable difference though so mainly they just protect the lens from scratches more than anything else.
The FLD filter is used for taking pictures under Fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights give off a strong bluish/greenish hue on photos that you cant really see with the naked eye. The FLD filter eliminates those tints from the photo so it comes out looking like it should.
04-10-2010, 01:30 PM
would you be able to get the same effect without the filter in photoshop?
04-10-2010, 03:12 PM
I don't know if you could get the "exact" same effect, but I'm sure you could dial in more blue on the "adjust color" and "hue" in photo shop and probably get something pretty close to it.
Cool, thanks Steve! I can go back to bed now, i learned something! ;)
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