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Old Jul 18, 2013, 9:31 AM   #1
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Beautiful poses! You are making the wilderness more beautiful. Did you use ND filter taking these pictures?
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Thanks - I do have a couple of Schneider variable ND filters, but I did not used them for this particular shoot.

This location was quite shaded by the surrounding trees and foliage so I was able to maintain the minimum shutter speed without relying on the filters. The flowing effects would have been better if I had the shutter speed a bit lower, but then I would have to throw out bunch of shots because most models can't hold steady for long (especially in the chilly water)...

-> BTW White balance was more of an issue under the cast of green leaves.
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I always appreciate the work of other photographers who shoot artistic nudes. What makes this even better is to have the communication about the images displayed.

I like all of the images you've displayed there all very well done. My favorite out of these three is the first one.

The last image has more emphasis on the beautiful model with the waterfall as the background element. If I were the model I would pick this one as my favorite.

I often desaturate my images and I like the effect as demonstrated in the second image.

But the first image In my opinion has the best composition as a whole. It balances out the beautiful landscape with the female form. It just doesn't get better then that!

As WCKSer mentioned the ND filter it leaves me wondering how the first shot at f/2.8 with a ND4 filter may have looked? Dreamy? Something I will have to try in the future.


Excellent series of images NHL. The model should be thrilled with your results.
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I really like number 1 and 3, very well done.
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Old Jul 19, 2013, 9:32 AM   #6
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As WCKSer mentioned the ND filter it leaves me wondering how the first shot at f/2.8 with a ND4 filter may have looked? Dreamy? Something I will have to try in the future.
I guess it all depends on the effect you're after...

F/2.8 would have blurred out the background, but I don't believe you would need an ND4 filter in this situation as you can still decrease the camera's ISO by 4-stop without affecting the lens performance.

I opted for maximum depth of field for nature shots and selectively defocus the scene with Focalpoint: http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/focalpoint/
I usually go for at least f/5.6 or higher in order to get the slowest shutter-speed possible for handheld shot (and the Sony really help here with its built-in anti shake) to smooth out the water flow (while the Nikon was remote-controlled from a tripod).
In full daylight the ND would be required, but in this case (early morning and under canopy of trees) I was able to get by 1/25s or below without needing the filters. 1/10s or less would have created a better water effect, but you're trading this against the model movements... Although at wide angle the model could move a bit but won't be noticeable!
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I guess it all depends on the effect you're after.
Yep, and I like your choice.
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Yep, and I like your choice.

This is the 1st shot again handheld from a different angle with the Sony @ 1/15s:

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f/9 at 1/15 sec. Thats a tough one, but the rewards are great.
Great shot.
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f/9 at 1/15 sec. Thats a tough one, but the rewards are great.
Great shot.
Remember this shot?
The reward was even better @ 1/2s or slower, but you'll have to throw out a few shots (and the right weather):

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