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Monsal waterfall

By Sylvia2210
I took this today with no tripod.... its taken me many weeks to master the 'milky water' effect....maybe a slower shutter speed?

Tags: Waterfall Waterscape Landscape and travel

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femape 2 Argentina
21 Aug 2018 7:38PM
Muy interesante la ediciůn del agua.

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
21 Aug 2018 9:12PM
Good to see you posting again Sylvia.

Sharpness and detail are good considering the slow shutter speed - did you support yourself and your camera at all.
It's always best to use a solid support at slow shutter speeds.

You have some movement blur in the water, which some people prefer to the very milky effect you'd get with a much slower shutter speed such as 1 second.
Each shutter speed will produce a different effect, so yes, a slower speed would help if you want more milkiness, but at the settings chosen you don't have much furhter to go. A neutral density filter will enable that as it reduces the amount of light entering the camera and will force you to use slower speeds. A tripod is a must in that case.

It's difficult to recommend any particulae speed as it will depend on the speed of flow of the water and how close you are to it (or rather, how large it is in th frame).
Experimentation is the key. THen. with experience you'll have a better idea of what settings work for you in particular situations.

You've chosen an overcast day whichis ideal for water shots as there are no burnt out highlights (it helps with those slow speeds too).
I like the attractive curve leading the eye thropugh the picture and the use of the vegetation in the forefground to add depth.

Auto white balamce has resulted in a cool look, so I'd warm this up inpost processing. Alternatively, selecting Cloudy white balance at the time of capture would produce a warmer more attractive result.
Sylvia2210 1 14
21 Aug 2018 9:28PM
Hello there, thank you for your critique! I have been absent with a shoulder injury hence no tripod because of the weight. I didnít steady myself on anything and I was dodging other people too and it was a very busy wet and slippy location.. I did try a slower speed but just got dreadful blur! Iíll definitely be going back and taking my tripod as soon as Iím able.

I used a DX Lens on an FX camera and Iím not sure if this would affect the outcome?
mikejmb 11 4 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2018 9:49PM
I much prefer this to a milky effect, it looks like water and why not, great shot.

LotaLota 1 4 Lithuania
22 Aug 2018 4:36AM
Beautiful landscape
dudler Plus
16 950 1521 England
22 Aug 2018 7:31AM
The DX lenses are for crop-format sensors, aren't they? You may get cutoff in the corners and a deterioration of quality at the edges using such a lens on a full frame camera, but it won't affect the degree of blur.

The only thing to do with shutter speeds is experiment and see what looks best to you: the speed of water flow will also matter. Experiment and review...

Two further thoughts - don't concentrate so much on the technique that you neglect composition - this is nice, but it feels as if a fractionally wider view would be more satisfying, with both ends of the top of the waterfall in view, and the bottom right corner in view. You might be able to achieve this by pointing the camera down and to the left - but that might feel rather cramped. It's not jsut 'get it all in' but it needs to look comfortable...

And consider using a tiny bit of negative compensation, to get detail in the water. Not frozen drops, but the lines of flow...

Well worth a return visit - preferably on a quiet day when you can move freely, and not have problems with people in yoru way (or getting in their way).
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
22 Aug 2018 9:07PM
it's worht another visit not only to explore composition, but to capture the rich colours of autumn, they always look good with waterfalls.
Not to mention the starkness of winter, perhaps as a mono image then, too.

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