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Old Apr 22, 2006, 9:03 AM   #11
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NHL,

I think Dom meant using a graduated ND filter. This would have a darker gray at the top and gradually clear bottom. It can be reversed if you're shooting bright water and darker trees above. It's about the only way you can get a properly exposed photo due to dynamic range limitations.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 12:14 PM   #12
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Hi all,

Bill, I wasn't actually aware that one of what you speak about exists - thanks! I assumed that if you had to use (for example) 1/2 second shutter speed to get that dreamy effect, then using one of these filters must stop the sky blowing so mush as it is restricting the light coming in. I guess this would also hurt the surrounding scenery but you cant have everything!

I have bought a ND4 filter for a bargain from ebay!

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 12:19 PM   #13
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If you require slower shutter speeds than you can get with your current equipment have a look at Singh-Ray's Vari-ND filter. It is expensive but will give you control of about eight stops. It is very effective for many things but its a natural for slooow water.
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I find using a ND4 and shooting on a cloudy/overcast day is the way to go.This stops those blowouts.Just set white balance to cloudy.
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To get this effect on water, I perfer to use a ND8 filter and a Circular Polarizer stacked ontop of each other. This combo helps in not stopping down the lens to its smallest aperture, and causing defraction problems. I can usaually get most of my setups to work at about F10 and ~1sec exposure.

The CP can also help with not blowing the sky out. If you are shooting in harsh lighting, you will need to watch how the sun/light is hitting your subject. I do perfer to shoot waterfalls in the morning or later afternoon. The mid-day sun can be very hard if the waterfall isn't protected by trees.

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Excuse me butting in I'm trying to find out if I can fit the cokin filter system to my S5is specifely to have the ability to move the graduated ND filter up or down in its holder to compensate for the position of the horizon.
Anyone know the answer
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Old May 7, 2008, 4:36 PM   #17
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Excuse me butting in I'm trying to find out if I can fit the cokin filter system to my S5is specifely to have the ability to move the graduated ND filter up or down in its holder to compensate for the position of the horizon.
Anyone know the answer
thanks
Yes - The square filter can slide up/down the holder grooves which are on either side
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Old May 7, 2008, 4:54 PM   #18
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I understand the system I just don't know if I can fit it on the S5
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Old May 7, 2008, 5:00 PM   #19
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-> You'll need a 58mm adapter ring (It already comes with it...)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...es_Filter.html
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do you mean to take my 52 entension tube to 58

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