Frogwell wrote:Using a decent circular polariser (I'd put emphasis on decent - I've tried the £20 ones and they just give photos a blue or yellow sheen) can completely transform a photo when used correctly in the right conditions.
An interesting point. I've got a good circular polariser but most of my landscapes are shot with a fairly wide angle lens (15mm, equivalent to 24mm on a full frame camera) and I don't like the partial effect it has on the sky. Clearly seem in this example:
Catterline Bay by Alastair S, on Flickr
I also would only get the polariser out if the sky was mostly blue. As a result I tend to only use it on water shots now. So would you recommend using it when there is little or no blue sky about? The only way I can see to get over the wide-angle problem is not to go wide-angle
I haven't gone down the graduated ND filter route because a) you need a tripod with you all the time & b) it takes time. I tend to snap & crack on when I'm out walking and then balance the sky in post-production. The latter probably takes more time that using a grad filter in the first place but its time at home & not time on the hillside.