focal length: 38 mm
shutter speed: 1/160
aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 200
flash: none

Poor hippos… taking a bath and up comes laura, armed with a polarizer on her lens, cutting through the reflection on the water. Having a circular polarizer comes in handy when invading privacy like this. All kidding aside, the polarizer has many useful functions, which I will delve into on a future article. I especially like using it to reduce the reflections on glass, water and other reflective surfaces.

Here’s a shot I took before I adjusted the polarizer:

Although, I do like seeing just their eyes peeking above the water surface too.

For those of you who are wondering which one I have, it’s the B+W 77mm Kaeseman MRC Circular Polarizer Filter.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit