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Old Jun 13, 2002, 1:00 AM   #1
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Default Orcas Island Waterfall

D30, 28-135mm @ 28.0mm
Subject dist: 7.1m
1/10 sec, f/5.6 (hand held)
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I went to a friend's wedding on Orcas Island in the Washington state area. You'll shoot hundreds of pictures if you go for a visit. WOW, beautiful place. This shot was taken just minutes before we had to leave. It a small waterfall in Moran Park.

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Old Jun 13, 2002, 4:34 PM   #2
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I love waterfalls and rivers in movement.

But I never had the posibility to take one of taht pics
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Old Jun 13, 2002, 6:47 PM   #3
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Great shot. I love the feeling in forests like that. I really like the effect of the water on your shot. It looks like strands of hair.

The location looks perfect for a technique I've had fun with in the past. You may want to try it next time you visit to get a different effect. If you use a neutral density filter or just go for the longest exposure you can, you get really nice soft water effects like this:

<img src = "http://www.anegada.com/photos/waterfall.jpg">

It can really give a smooth feeling to the picture. With digital cameras this can be a lot of fun because you get feedback immediately about what works and what doesn't. Its a lot of fun.

Once again, really nice shot!

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Roger,

Nice picture, and I like that effect.

Like I said, it was a quick shot. Also, I was standing on a rock trying not to get wet. Trying to keep the camera steady at 1/10th of a second was tough.

It will only work for a solo outing for me. Excuses start here: Hiking with two kids (5 months, and a 3 year old who needs to be carried over rough spots), two backbacks (one with 16.5 lbs of camera gear, the other with snacks, diapers, juice, & wetwipes)...I tend to leave my lug of a tripod behind. I've even passed on carrying a beanbag to set the camera on. But, someday...I'll have my tripod and be in the right place at the right time.

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Old Jun 13, 2002, 11:50 PM   #5
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Roger,

What filter did you use for your shot?

I have a haze filter on all of my lenses, and would like to purchase some additional filters.

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I took that picture a couple of years ago, so I don't recall all the details of that shot. Generally, to get that effect, I use a neutral density filter. All that it is supposed to do is make the image darker, so that you can take longer exposures. It looks like this was a 6 1/2 second exposure which means I was probably using an ND8. (the number indicates how dark the filter is)
These filters are relatively cheap and lots of fun.

One way to think about how this works is that each pixel should represent the average color and brightness etc for a spot in the image over the length of the exposure. Each little drop of white water that passes by that pixel will add to the whiteness of the image at that spot. If a particualr pixel has white water for 80% of the time the exposure is happening, it will be lighter than a pixel that has the white water only 20% of the time of the exposure. A very short exposure will freeze moving water, showing each drop. Try taking a picture of a waterfall with a flash... Its fun. Each pixel will either show a drop of water or not. A longer exposure will average over time and thus give the smoothing effect.

BTW, this technique is pretty fun in places where there are a lot of people, or other moving objects. By taking a long enough exposure you can make them disappear! I've gotten some interesting pictures in airports and other public places. Its kind of erie to see them with no people.

enjoy (and post the result!)

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Thanks Roger. I have some experimenting to do. And with digital, those shots are free.
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