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Old Aug 26, 2006, 1:20 PM   #1
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Hardly any water in the river these days, strong summer sunshine filtered through tree cover gives the colored-water effect here.

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Old Aug 26, 2006, 3:27 PM   #2
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I just love the way the water looks in all your river photos! I have a tough time getting this look, would you share your camera settings?

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 1:17 AM   #3
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Excellent!
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 3:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments chaps.

Bob, there's nothing that remarkable about the settings: Kodak DX6490, 4x Neutral density filter, circular polariser adjusted to minimise glare from the water. 1.5s at f8. White ballance on manual "outdoor" setting.

Probably the main ingredients are: strong sunshine (this was taken back when we were having a heatwave), total tree cover (no direct sunlight - all filtered through the trees). Careful framing to ensure that nothing receiving direct sunlight was in the frame. The latter is important: I tried a few muti-exposure composite shots but none were really effective. Even when the bulk of the image was totally black, the direct-sunlit parts were still over-exposed!

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 4:25 AM   #5
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Lovely shot John, really nice composition and with the sunlight as strong as you say you did really well. ND filters seem to take out the contrasting light here just great.Nothing like a cloudy day at a scene like this to make your life a little easier though hey. Great stuff.I will have to invest in a ND Filter very soon.
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 10:45 AM   #6
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Wow that is stunning John. Congrats on a great pic. I've just invested in a set of 3 ND grads and a complete ND filter for my D50 (Cokin square filters) but havent had chance to use them yet. If I do half as well as you have here I'll be happy!
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John...I am,too, genuinely inspired by this shot!
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Thanks very much for the comments guys: Shaun, it looks like you're going to have great fun with such a wide selection of filters, I've never tried the graduated versions: always seems like overkill for my little digicam! But with Autumn rapidly approaching, I'm sure you'll find some water to point that full ND at :-)

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That's a real beauty you have there,John!

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Lovely shot John. This shot has a real peaceful feeling to it....cheers.......Don.
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