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By robert5
taken to day with Nikon D3s at slow shutter speed just bought this camera for back up so just testing it out

Tags: Leaves General Water Green


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4046 Canada
24 Sep 2016 1:01AM
Its works!

Looks like the light on the waterfall was too bright for the long exposure, so the water itself is blown out completely. A faster shutter would give detail in the water, but likely not blur it like here. So a darker day give the sort of result you want I think.



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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2097 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 1:59PM
There's a lovely sense of structure and flow in the water, and of power and weight.

As Willie says, there are blown highlights where the water is overexposed. Looking at the Exif, this was taken at 12.55pm, so with the sun overhead. Just about the trickiest light! I would be inclined to check out different times of day, early morning or late afternoon, according to the orientation of the waterfall.
robert5 18 92 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 3:40PM
many thanks for your comments very helpful
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 8:13PM
It's a nice waterfall with several "steps" and the outer rocks and foliage are perfect.

The burn-out has been commented upon. You are likely to find that early morning or late afternoon on an overcast day is the perfect time to photograph waterfalls with blurred water, and for you to achieve the result you are looking for. This will make it easier to get the slower shutter speeds you need to make this technique work.
It's advisable to check your camera's LCD after taking each photograph to ensure that the water's highlights are not blown out.

Compositionally, try to fill the frame as much as you can with the waterfall, but also include some rocks and foliage. If you see that the wet rocks have particularly interesting patterns and the foliage is particularly vibrant, then make the most of them. There's nothing wrong with placing your fall in the centre of the frame, but do try some offset shots, and even change your viewpoint, perhaps to one side.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you to use a tripod or to have a stable surface to rest on. Use your camera’s self-timer or a cable release to take the photo.

Have fun experimenting in order to to find the perfect timing but start with something like 2 seconds. In darker conditions this can be much longer, even up to 20 seconds.

robert5 18 92 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2016 8:17PM
many thanks Pamela for your reply it all helps

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