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Just starting to get in slowing water shots, this was a 5sec shot but couldnt much difference in the 8sec which started to get a bit magenta tint to it.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Date Taken:1 Jan 2011 - 1:36 PM
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.2
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Running water
Username:pablo69 pablo69
Uploaded:28 Jan 2011 - 9:10 PM
Tags:Castle, Landscape / travel, Leeds, Rocks, Running, Stream, Tripod, Water
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Davesumner
29 Jan 2011 - 4:48 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Paul,

Nicely captured shot and well composed.

One thing I'll say is be careful not to turn the water into cotton wool or make it look like milk is flowing in the river and not water. There is a fine balance between what is nicely smoothed and what is over the top. It depends obviously on the conditions or speed of the water etc. I would say in the situation you had here, 8 seconds is way too long and so could 4 secs, i find that no more than 2 seconds works best for me but it is a matter of personal taste and whether the image is for competition or just personal use.

I see you took this shot in the middle of the day and a good tip is that if there is too much light at this time then it can be hard to get a slow enough shutter speed. A polariser can be used in an emergency but you'll only get around a stop of light less so the best option in that case is a graduated filter or neutral density filter to cut the light and get a slower shutter speed.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10979 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2981 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2011 - 3:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

In addition to Daves comments, - you may notice that the water tends towards blue. This is a white balance issue and the shot is best taken in RAW and WB adjusted post processing.

I imagime you may have cropped space of top or botom which has made if a little unbalanced, and it can look better with a little more water at the top.


Ive modified the water colour and roughly cloned in some water at the top to illustrate my point.

Hope you find this constructive,




regards



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2011 - 6:56 PM

I wouldn't alter it. This is a very good shot of it's type. I've seen too many slowed down water shots, but this is a particularly well composed version and the colour bothers me not one jot.

Paul

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