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Old Nov 21, 2010, 9:33 AM   #1
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Default Panasonic FZ 35-waterfall blur...?

Hi Guys,

Just wondering which settings to use to get a nice blur effect on a waterfall on a very sunny day....
I had a chance to visit a nice waterfall today but couldn't get a proper blur shot...
when i use shutter priority mode and reduce the shutter speed the F goes high (it goes to maximum 8) and the camera screen goes white....when i increase the shutter speed it gradually become normal...

I tried to change S and F manually (manual mode) but still couldn't get a proper shot...

just wondering whether its is because of the bright sunlight...
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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You need an ND (neutral density) filter, which lowers the overall light coming into the camera so you can leave the shutter open longer.
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A second-best alternative if you don't have an ND filter is to take several normal shots and blend them on the computer afterwards.
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You need an ND (neutral density) filter, which lowers the overall light coming into the camera so you can leave the shutter open longer.
Read this and ordered one . As usual great tips / advice on here
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This is an amazing shot! Was this using a Panasonic? If so you should post it here as a stand alone post. It's beautiful.

Let me know which ND filter you got and how well they work. I don't have one yet.....
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This is an amazing shot! Was this using a Panasonic? If so you should post it here as a stand alone post. It's beautiful.

Let me know which ND filter you got and how well they work. I don't have one yet.....

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I also tried and had the same issue...let me research on this filter...I have a uv filter made by Hama.

It says UV 390 46 (iv).

Anyone knows what that means, and if that'll work?


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With bright light a ND filter is not enough to get a blur effect in waterfalls. To achieve photographs like this one, I use two crossed polarized filters, what allows me to reduce the speed until more or less 1 second.
You can use also a neutral fader density filter, which more or less is the same, but usually gives more quality.
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With bright light a ND filter is not enough to get a blur effect in waterfalls. To achieve photographs like this one, I use two crossed polarized filters, what allows me to reduce the speed until more or less 1 second.
You can use also a neutral fader density filter, which more or less is the same, but usually gives more quality.
Beautiful shot. Yeah, I thought an ND filter may not be enough in bright sun. So you use 2 linear polarized filters? Would you not get the same affect with 2 circular polarized filters? Sorry, but I'm not too familiar with polarized filters, so I appreciate your inputs.
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Beautiful shot. Yeah, I thought an ND filter may not be enough in bright sun. So you use 2 linear polarized filters? Would you not get the same affect with 2 circular polarized filters? Sorry, but I'm not too familiar with polarized filters, so I appreciate your inputs.
No Saly, 2 circular polarized filters will not be effective; you need, at last, one of them linear.
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