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Old Apr 5, 2007, 4:31 PM   #11
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ND filter doesn't do anything except slow down the exposure. that's all.

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Old Apr 5, 2007, 5:16 PM   #12
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A graduated ND filter is what you'd use for these kinds of shots as it would only darken the upper half of the photo.

Personally, I prefer to just shoot RAW and underexpose, then brighten up the trees and grass later on. Basically, give it the HDR treaktment. It takes more time, and if the contrast is very high it might look a bit less clean, but overall I prefer images that retain more of the sky detail. It can be especially distracting when you have a pure white sky but the water reflects a blue sky with puffy clouds.

The last two images are well exposed, and the first one just a little bright. I've always found this kind of photography frustrating. The photos never seem to do the scenes any justice because of how everything flattens out. I like the second last one as it has nice contrast, with everything getting darker as it gets closer to the camera, giving a definite sense of perspective and depth. As much as I like reflections on water, I would consider trying to crop it closer to the upper left and see if that ehances the tunnel effect.

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Old Apr 5, 2007, 8:20 PM   #13
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An ND filter will help keep from blowing out the highlights. Here if I'd used one with the Cokin filter system I like to use I'd have mounted it in the filter holder upside down so the water and reflection would have gotten the ND treatment. As soon as I get the correct Adapter ring to mount it I will and reshoot some of these so they will reflect the use of said filter. Oh and most ND filters can be rotated to get the darker portion where you need it. Some that screw down tight just need to be loosened to get the dark area wher you need it. With the Cokin System of square filters the filter holder will rotate to cover the area most in need. In fact if you stack two and put the dark areas to the outside then you can cover the high and low of a water reflection photo leaving the middle portion more exposed and the outer portions less exposed!

And these are directly from the camera with just a touch of added contrast and resized. Nothing more. No colors added or sharpening.



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Old Apr 5, 2007, 11:30 PM   #14
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No 1 is my favourite, lovely reflections.
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Old Apr 6, 2007, 12:45 AM   #15
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Many thanks for that comment Rodney!

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Old Apr 6, 2007, 12:51 AM   #16
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I like #5.

Much gerater sense of desolation.
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#5 for me, a very "dense" atmosphere. All are very good and remind me of what I'm still waiting for after a too long and dull winter.

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mongrelchild wrote:
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I like #5.

Much gerater sense of desolation.
Actually this little creek is in a deserted and desolate spot. Fits....
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Thanks Kjell.
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Old Apr 6, 2007, 1:19 PM   #20
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I like them, even with some being a bit blown out in places (difficult dynamic range).

The one thing that I noticed right off is that you are using the kit lens. It's examples like this that show the capabilities of the very modest kit lens (I like mine, too, by the way). It might not be the fastest lens around, but it's quite sharp and does a nice job with colors.
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