I often use a polarizer when capturing photographs outside. I’ve always preferred the deep colors, deep blues in the sky, that a polarizer captures. Indoors, though, I generally pull the polarizer off, as it cuts off too much light for interior shots. Not this time – this time I left the polarizer on to capture the deep colors in the roses and the fruit.
Unfortunately, it also captured the rest of the scene in overt vibrancy. Here’s the thing: Had I not used the polarizer, in my editing software I would have selected the flowers and the fruit and brought the vibrancy and saturation up. In this case, I still selected the flowers, fruit, and anything else in the foreground I wanted to maintain sharpness, then revered the selection and brought down the vibrancy and saturation in the background, as well as decreasing sharpness.
Other filters, of course, tied it all together.
If I were feeling particularly anal (and I have my moments) I might run a few tests to see which option created the better work – polarizer on or polarizer off – increase vibrancy of the subject or decrease vibrancy of the background. My impression, though, is that polarizer on, if lighting permits, results in a more complex work. In other words, better to selectively reduce vibrancy than to selectively add it. But ‘if’ is relative.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.