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11. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

First of all, I think 3-4 second is too long. I am a slow shutter speed fanatic, I just love it. I've had some good experiences with 1 second.
But you do need a tripod for that kind of thing or at least a mini-pod that you can put on a rock. The rule of thumb in relation to when you need a tripod is: Any shutter speed slower than the Focal length needs a tripod. For example: If you're shooting with a tele lense on 200mm anything under 1/200 second would require a tripod. If you're shooting on 30mm you can go to 1/30 (or the nearest).
Anyway, back to the water. With the long shutter speed you let in much more light, so you need to filter out light. Neutral Density Filters are the best option for that.
There are a couple of different filter packs available and the holder I used let me put on up to 3 different filters. So if you stick on 2 ND filters and see what reading you get, you should be fine.
The main thing is to experiment with shutter speeds, it's made much easier now with digital where you can see instantly what the image looks like. But nevertheless, do an exposure series and see what effect you like best.

The picture below was taken with an exposure of 1 second, with a medium aperture (I think about F8 or F11, not sure).

http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/size/M/photoID/2335/

Hope this helps.

12. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Quoting Pardus

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Ah, it's there when I'm quoting - you just didn't put any content in the link, so it didn't show.

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13. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Pardus

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Ah, it's there when I'm quoting - you just didn't put any content in the link, so it didn't show.

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No, I did it again. I definitely had the link in there by using the and buttons and again my link doesn't show up. Thanks for fixing that, Sander.

Is it a coincidence that that always happens when Isa's online?

14. Posted by dpatton (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the great help. I definately like the effect of the polarization filter that you used in your shot. I definately see some more money being spent on a polarization or ND filter. I have purchased a 4' tripod that collapses into 10" so it's easily placed into my backpack and that alone is making a big differance. Thanks again

15. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Keep in mind that the main thing a polariser does is take out reflections. So if you see a nice reflection on the water you want to capture a polariser will ruin that. On the other hand it's great to get rid of unwanted reflections (eg. shooting through glass, wet roads, etc).

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