Hi all,

I recently joined this forum to ask advice about buying my first polariser filter, and ended up going for the Hoya 52mm Pro-1 from Amazon for 33.
I've never owned or used a filter before, but having tried this one out a few times now, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed

From searching the net, I was expecting some results like these:

http://leadinglinesphotography.net/w...-3-540x390.jpg

Obviously I realise it's never going to "make an awesome photo" out of nothing, but I was hoping for richer blue skies, deeper colours overall a much more intense or vivid looking image, that would result in less time spent editing in Photoshop.

Here are some results from a day trip to Brighton last weekend, straight off the camera. It was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies, but I have to say I think the polariser almost makes the images look worse...! The sky & sea look brown & muddy! The shots without it feel lighter and crisper. The only positive difference I can see is how it cuts out the reflections on some still water.

http://tim-george.co.uk/img/img/polariser-1.jpg
http://tim-george.co.uk/img/img/polariser-2.jpg
http://tim-george.co.uk/img/img/polariser-3.jpg

Any advice appreciated on this matter... was I just expecting too much? Have I shot the wrong subject matter for these tests? Should I clean my lens and try again?

Thanks!

(Camera is a Nikon D90 with 35mm f1.8 lens)