Today I commented on a video by Tony Northrup (https://youtu.be/YcZkCnPs45s
) where one point he makes is that polarizers are useless in most situations. Take a blue sky for example, put on a polarizer and you can ruin your photo through the uneven effect of the polarizer. I totally agree with this!
Also reducing glare on surfaces is not always what you want. Also agree with this.
But there are situations where I don't want to miss my polarizer. Those often occur when shooting in forests, when shooting streams or waterfalls. As I do this quite a lot the Polarizer is still one of my most important filters.
I didn't find many compairson images in my archive since I normally only keep the photos I use in the final image. But below I show an example, where the Polarizer really helped to improve the scene.
To the left you see one of my test shots (I know it's a bad comp). Top is with Polarizer, bottom without. The light filtering through the trees created some heavy reflections here. The polarizer was the cure for it and I was able to get a decent photo (right) on that day :-)