"Wispy" Water

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  1. FieralDS

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    Alright, so one type of photo I've been eager to shoot are the exposures of moving water which creates a wispy look to the water.

    Does anyone have any reccomendations where to start exposure length wise?

    I have a Nikon D70s and use an 18-70mm lens usually.

    Thanks for all the help!

    - D. J.
     
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    Even a 1 second exposure time will start to create that effect. Start at 1s and work up if you like.
     
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    2 or 3 sec are a good time in many conditions. don't forget your ND filter ;)
     
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    Even if you don't have an ND filter, you should be able to get a decent exposure with a small aperture like f/22 or something
     
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    dont forget to use your tripod..
     
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    I got a decent effect with just 1/8 on a little water "trickle"... can't even call it a waterfall. It was very bright out that day and I don't have an ND filter...


    [​IMG]
     
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    This was a 1 second exposure, f/11, ISO-200
    No tripod and it shows.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Is that a small fire in the middle of that waterfall??
     
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    I've gotten blurry water with as fast as 1/2 second. Just experiment... Shutter priority would be your best bet here. You definitely should have a tripod. Depending on how much ambient light exists, you may need a ND filter to prevent over exposure.
     
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    Seriously, what the hell is going on in that picture?

    OP - throw a polarizing filter on and start taking pictures at 1/8 exposure. Increase exposure time as necessary depending on light and water flow.
     
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    ***Beware: Nerdy comment ahead*****


    It's either a bonfire for a Keebler elf or someone better call Frodo and tell him to bring that damn ring.

    I don't know myself why that came into my head. I only have seen about 20 min of that movie, but it was my first thought. wow. sorry guys
     
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    what ND filter do you guys typically use? how many f-stop reductions do you use?
     

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