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I was trying to get a long exposure for the water but to maintain the cathedral like air of brightness. Instead I kept having difficulty with brights spots of sunlight coming through the tree canopy. I didn'y have a filter with me and I am not sure it would have solved the problem of bright spots of light and would have maybe reduced the detail on the bridge. This was more of a problem at the top of the photo as I wanted to have the bridge in the picture as well to give some sense of perspective and scale, but the sunlight washed out all the detail in the trees above the bridge and I was forced to crop them out. Be grateful for any guidance on what I should have done.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24mm-70mm F2.8L
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Aria Force Waterfall
Username:JulianWells JulianWells
Uploaded:14 Aug 2007 - 9:28 PM
Tags:Lake district, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Waterfall
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Busseauboy
15 Aug 2007 - 11:33 AM

I think a much shorter exposure would have been better. It might have made the water look like real water and not shaving cream! But I do like the idea, the perspective and scale.

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John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2007 - 1:04 PM

It is always going to be a struggle to get both the highlight and shadows correctly exposed when you have high levels of contrast.

I think you could increase the shutter speed a bit without losing the effect too much on the water. This would help control the highlights, but will result in losing some detail in the shadows.

This type of shot may be a good candidate for a blended exposure, or even an HDR image.

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RosaB
RosaB  761 forum posts Greece2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2007 - 1:43 PM


Quote: I think a much shorter exposure would have been better. It might have made the water look like real water and not shaving cream! But I do like the idea, the perspective and scale.

I agree with this comment I like to see the water in it's more natural form! Then you would have been able to get the trees in above the bridge and it would have made a better composition.
Rosalie

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Abigails_Grandad

Two shots, assuming you had a tripod, one short to freeze the water and set the background, one longer for the 'fluffy' water and then join the two together on the computer.

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phil beale
phil beale  111502 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Sep 2007 - 4:43 PM

With the bright sky and dark foliage you were always going to struggle to get the correct exposure for both. one method is to take two shots and then combine them in PS

personally i prefer what you have done, you still have included the bridge and given the perspective that you wanted I think a ND grad filter would have helped but you would have darkened the trees as well.

Phil

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JulianWells
4 Sep 2007 - 12:12 PM

Thanks for your comments. The HDR approach sounds interesting though I have never used the method before. Having looked at other HDR shots I think it may still be tricky to get the balance right and still have a realistic looking picture.

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