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Old Aug 14, 2011, 3:14 AM   #1
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Default First proper attempt at silky water

Walking through a forest the other day I came across a stream that had various little water fall bits like this one. I decided to get my tripod (Velbon CX-Mini) out and put on my camera (Canon EOS 550D) to try one of those silky water shots. I don't have a neutral density filter but was fortunate the trees offered enough shade to not need one.

Image specs: 3.2secs, f/8.0, ISO 100

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Old Aug 14, 2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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You've definitely got the silky water look. The focus point of the shot is right at the falls, leaving the foreground a little soft. With an f/8 exposure a person could focus in front of the target object since the in-focus range (circle of confusion) extends much further behind the focal point rather than in front of it.

The soil wall takes away from the subject. I'd reshoot the image angling a little farther upstream, or simply crop out the top, eliminating the soil wall and grass area. I like the angle of the stream as it exits the falls, so perhaps croping is the way to go.

These are just ideas for your contemplation. Overall, the shot is nice!
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Old Aug 18, 2011, 2:02 PM   #3
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Hi Phil,

Here's my 2 cents . . . The exposure is good. The water has a good silkiness too it also. I agree with Jim the green at the top is a bit distracting, a crop from the top would help there. There seems to be a "bubble" just below the big rock in the center of the image. Did you clone something out? or is it some other oddity?

Overall I really like the shot.
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Old Aug 18, 2011, 6:00 PM   #4
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G'day Phil

You're on the right track here mate ~
I suggest that you consider using f16 - f22 - f32 sort of range as these will force the shutter speed to increase, automatically giving the silky effects.
Certainly an ND &/or CPL will darken the scene too ... tho a CPL can also be rotated on-camera to keep / remove the wet shine from local rocks

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Old Aug 25, 2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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I am not an expert as I am still learning and practising these type of shots, but for a first attempt you have done a great job - the silky water is there. Keep going and keep having fun.
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