long exposure in daylight

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  1. Kinz

    Kinz TPF Noob!

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    ok, after putting my 2 cents worth in in the question a few ahead of this, I have a question about long exposure. I was just down at the river and wanted to photograph the moving water. I set the camera (D300) to Manual, tried a few variations of shots with slow shutter speed, but couldn't get the aperture right. Always too much light. Any tricks or suggestions?
     
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    Maybe just try setting it on aperture priority, and using a tiny aperture like f/20+?
    You're using a tripod I assume.


    If that's not working, you might want to look into getting a polarizing filter
     
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    Set your camera to Aperture Priority, dial it down to your smallest aperture (likely f/22), set your ISO to it's lowest setting......shoot. If this doesn't give you the effect you want with the moving water, you will need a neutral density filter to drop the light coming into the camera.
     
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    or try shooting in the morning or evening when the light is softer. Harsh daylight and even at small apetures (f22 area) you might still not get a long enough shutter speed for the effect you want.
     
  5. ND filter
     
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    Yep...if you don't have an ND filter a polarizer would work too.
     
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    Agree on the ND filter or at least a polarized filter.
     
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    ND filter all the way, baby!
     
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    Thanks to all of you! I think I tried some of that, but the ND filter I didn't, or the early or late thing. I'll do those and see what happens. Thanks again; Ill let you know how it goes.
     
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    make sure you have auto iso turned off, I also think one of the custom settings will give you iso100, I set it on mine and reckon it did but was on location and didn't have the manual, anyway I got this one which I was happy with
    http://www.smudgesphotos.co.uk/image/SLOWATER.jpg

    no filters and very bright day + snow. H
     
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    I've been able to shoot something like that on manual.

    I just shifted the f/stop to a higher setting and balanced it out and just kept playing with it until i got my desired effect.

    (I will try and post the river photos i am talking about hopefully today on my fickr page too :)
     
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    I went though the same thing this weekend! I tried to take some photos of moving water in daylight and it was way tooo bright! I'm going to try the suggestions here.
     

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