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Going to the Lakes next week - need ideas for THE best landscape/waterscape locations

JanieB43 11 49 6 England
11 Jul 2009 5:05PM
I'm off to Ambleside next week for a couple of days,can anybody out there recommend where's best to shoot the best landscapes/waterscapes ? I'm after improving my PF with some good sunsets etc. Could do with some tips on getting the best exposures too. I've heard and read a lot about "hyperfocal distance" but not sure how you go about focussing then recomposing the shot. I've got a canon 400D, tripod,sigma 10-20mm and a canon 18-55mm,NGrads,ND4,ND8 and three types of warm filters available - which do I use and when ?
PLease help !!!! Smile

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bazhutton 12 25 England
11 Jul 2009 6:22PM
Hi Jane

I do most of my photography within close proximity of Ambleside- feel free to check out my p/f for ideas of locations & composition. Like all locations, the better you get to know them the better your chances are of getting something you like.

My advice is go out with a plan to one location. Be prepared to spend a reasonable amount of time there & watch what happens with the light; water reflections may come & go etc etc. Aim to get one shot you are happy with. And be prepared to ditch all your plans if you see something better happening!

Looks like you have plenty of kit, but I wouldn't bother with warm filters & I do use a polariser, remote release & hot-shoe spirit level.

I always have a flask of coffee too!

Have a good time.

NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 9:38PM
if you see a bald guy doing the same thing that will probably be me, but more likely on Derwent water.

ill be using a 12-24mm lens on a tripod, probably a 3 stop nd grad .
down somewhere near the water side looking for a good foreground lead in to the picture.

if you are using your 10-20 set f20 and manual focus on the foreground details, rocks in the water etc then press the depth of field preview button and it will show you what will be sharp. if the distance isnt sharp, tweak the focus a bit behind the foreground and try again with a small aperature on AV or aperature priority and over ride 0.7 ev underexposure on raw you should be ok. there is only about 1/4 turn on focus between front and back.

best tip is dont run off as the sun sets because the after glow can last ages and be better than the going down.

hope this helps
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2009 1:07PM
i never did get a sunset, how about you

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