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Cross Polarizing Technique

© Kivake
Introduction: what do you get when you combine a polarized filter, a transparent plastic object, and a polarized light source? Answer: a really cool picture filled with a myriad of rainbow-like colors. The colors reveal stress lines in plastic objects, which are normally invisible. For more information, see , and scroll down to “Stress induced birefringence”.

Materials:

DSLR (duh!)

Tripod

Polarizing filter

Polarized light source (e.g. laptop LCD screen)

Transparent plastic object (e.g. measuring cup)

Procedure:

1. Adjust your laptop screen such that it’s perpendicular to the keyboard. Set your screen’s brightness to the maximum value, and fill it with a white image. I just open Notepad and maximize the window.

2. Mount your camera on a tripod in front of the screen, and put the polarizing filter on the lens.

3. Rotate the filter until the image through the viewfinder is black.

4. Place your transparent plastic object between the screen and the camera. Do you see those rainbow-like colors? Pretty cool eh? Now frame and focus.

5. Turn off or cover any other light sources, and take the shot using a remote release or your camera’s self-timer.

© Vlue
Conclusion:

Enjoy! Please note the above has been adapted from Chris Gatcum’s Camera Creative.

Photo credits: Kivake, Vlue.

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April 18, 2011

Afagundes

Very interesting, I will sure give it a try.

April 18, 2011

Sobek85

wow nice

March 27, 2011

Kivake

Thanks. Found out about it in Chris Gatcum's Camera Creative book.

March 26, 2011

Vlue

Nice :D where did you find out about the technique?

March 23, 2011

Amyemilia

Thanks, this is something new to me!

March 23, 2011

Yuritz

Nice pics,have read of it on Digital Camera few days ago;great result!

March 21, 2011

Cammeraydave

COOL !

March 20, 2011

Joe1971

It is very interesting.

March 20, 2011

Mariaam

Interesting article. Thanks!

March 20, 2011

Billdayone

A very interesting technique indeed. You can do it in a macro situation with crystals, say of salt or sugar or old fashioned photo chemicals from the developers...

this link shows a couple of examples:

http://billdayone.blogspot.com/search/label/crystals

I hope it helps you..

March 20, 2011

lzf

nice pic and qualified article

March 20, 2011

FabioConcetta

Interesting and creative article,congratulations!

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