First attempt at Water + Manual settings

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  1. adversus

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    As I've been practicing the basics I've been swapping between AUTO modes and the S/A modes on my D5000 while relying on Auto Focus. Today I spent a few hours out and focused (hah) on manual focusing, and paying closer attention to setting my own aperture and shutter.

    I also attempted at shooting flowing water for the first time, I'm happy with the results for a first go but am looking for any feedback on what I can improve or do differently!

    #1:
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    #3:
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    awesome!
    How do you set the camera for water like that?
    I know you use a slower? shutter speed, is this correct?
     
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    For the water shots, I used a tripod with the following settings:

    Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
    VR: Off
    ISO: 200
    Focal Length: 55mm
    Exposure Bias: 0 ev
    Aperture: f/22
    Shutter Speed: 1/3
     
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    the only one i don't like is the koi(sp?) pond shot. there are too many bubbles distracting you from the subject.
     
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    #3 & 4 are out of focus.

    The first shot is pretty good. Did you use manual focus for #1?
     
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    Yeah, I was having some trouble with the focusing on the water shots.

    #1 was Manual focus and Manual Mode, at f/10 and 1/320 shutter, ISO 200.
     
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    This was taken today as well, I'm trying to nail down my focusing issues, does this one look to be pretty good compared to the water shots as far as the focus goes?

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    That is definitely focused, and good color. Nice shot!
     
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    Thanks!

    I think I'll need to head back over there this week and try the waterfalls again :)
     
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    Might be a dumb question but which lens are you using for the macro shots? VR on or off?

    ETA: Sorry didnt include any comments.. Macro shots look really great, both of them! Agree with the bubbles being a distraction in koi pic. Water flow pictures look pretty good, but there seems to be a bit of a glare that distracts me, esp pic 4. Would a polarizing filter help in that situation? Im asking bc I really have no clue it just sounds like that could help.
     

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