Brighton Beach Australia

Its another cold, sleety Sunday morning in Bavaria. Winter is slowly coming to an end, and its about time, I’ve had enough of 2 degrees and sleet. Starting to look forward to summer, or at least Spring. Actually, I found some un-processed photos from Australia with sun and surf which might have brought about the negativity! So here are a few photos from Brighton Beach in Victoria to help get everyone into the mood for summer!

Brighton Beach VIC, 5D Mark III, 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Brighton Beach VIC, 5D Mark III, 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Brighton Beach is close to Melbourne, and is famous for its many colourful little beach shacks. There are better beaches in the world, but perhaps none so colourful! I used the Breakthrough X4 polariser, 24mm 1.4 Art and Samyang 12mm 2.8 Fish-eye here. Hope you enjoy!!


Advantages of a Polariser

I went down to the lake the other day. It was a beautiful sunny summer’s day. I took a few snaps, nothing record breaking, but I did find a good example of why a polariser is a must for any photographer.

Most people tell you that a polariser is used to remove reflections and darken skies. That’s true enough, but the reason I use a polariser is for the added colour boost you get.

Here is an example.


This photo is taken with no polariser.


And this photo is taken with a polariser.


Quite a difference huh…. and its no shabby lens, this was with the Canon 135mm 2.0L lens. You can notice much improved colour, and less bokeh highlights.

I use two brands of polariser myself. In the above example I used a B+W XS-Pro KSM C-POL MRC nano filter. I highly recommend the B+W filters. I have two, and they are excellent. I recommend going for the KSM nano coated ones, even if they are a bit more expensive. The other brand I would recommend is the Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL filter. I supported Breakthrough via a Kickstarter campaign, and I was one of the first to get one in Australia. It’s a great filter which also uses Schott glass and has even better saturation than the B+W filters. Both these filters have a slim brass construction. I plan to do a short review of the Breakthrough filter soon.

For more information about the filters I use, see here:

B+W Filter:

Breakthrough Photography X4:

If you are in the market for a polariser, get the best polariser you can afford! You will regret buying a cheapy as soon as you realise it doesn’t do anything except make your images soft.

Happy Shooting!