Blurred water motion

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  1. Hill202

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    I want to photograph a waterfall near my home. I have seen some photos here where the water movement has a smooth look. I have been playing around with shutter speed. Am I getting close?

    Thanks for any tips
     

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    In order to get the smooth water effect you will need to shoot in either low light or use an neutral density filter so that you can use a slower shutter speed as you stated. You will also need a tripod. A remote shutter will come in handy also. This pic was taken with an nd filter and a 3 sec shutter.
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    Are you using a point and shoot or a SLR camera?
     
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    Its a D40.
     
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    That's right, you need to use a long shutter speed, which may be hard to do in bright light, so that's where a neutral density filter will help. Also, if you don't use a tripod (or something to hold the camera)...everything will be blurry, not just the water. So use a tripod and a remote (or the self timer).

    For this shot, I used a circular polarizer, and two ND 4 filters. I believe the shutter speed was over 20 seconds.

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    doesn't matter if you can manually set your shutter speed.
     
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    Here's my first attempt, there are some focus issues and perhaps too slow of a shutter speed, but its a start.

    Thanks for the tips
     

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    Not bad, it could maybe use a little work, but it's a good start.

    One thing that you have to watch for...is 'white water'. The spots that are too turbulent will just turn into overexposed white blobs. Sometimes, there isn't much you can do about that...but you can get different effects with different shutter speeds.
     
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    Ok here's another, this time with self timer which made a big difference..

    That was a valuable tip, thanks
     

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    Excellent shot, well done.
     
  11. Yar, that's getting a lot better. Good work!
     
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    Thanks for the comments. You guys really know your stuff!! I look forward to learning more.
     

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