The sunny 16, deep shadows and bright highlights, may challenge you when it comes to details in deep shadows, and in the brightest of highlights.
One way to get proper details, is to shorten development time, if you’re shooting 4x5 or larger, you have the privilege to develop the sheets individually.
If you’re shooting 120 or 135 rolls of film, shortening of development time would not always be appropriate.
It’s easy to discover the «evening out» of the «sunny 16» light!, there are details in both shadow and highlight.
The polarizer «steals» two stops at the most, (Except the Moose polariser, up to 2 1/2) but I think it’s worth the extra time you have to add to the exposure.
The best effect is achieved when you have the sun in an angle at the scene.
The development time is 4 min 30 sek, using R09 1/25 - it’s a thad over my normal time for developing negs shot in bright sun.
A 150mm lens is used in this example, which is a «normal» lens if you shoot 4x5, wide angle lenses may create uneven effects.
If you’re shooting TLR, just use 2 similar polarizers, mark in advance both the polarizers with two different marks on the filter thread; full effect and no effect, then you know the position of the polarizer of the taking lens..
To get precise metering, just use the spot meter through the polarizer when you’ve got the desired effect
Using polarizers shooting color film, will cool down the temperature, it’s recommended using a Moose polarizer, which got the 81A warming filter. The filter factor may be 2-2 1/2 using the Moose filter.
Any thoughts or different experiences are welcomed to be shared..!