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« on: September 09, 2003, 03:48:39 PM »

Water velocity & volume play a part in this, but...
You want a shutterspeed below 1/8 second, the longer the shutter is open the greater the blur.  Vary the speed & record the results.
The usual essentials are a tripod, slow speed film & a polarizing filter. And don't bother trying this when the sunlight falls directly onto the water. The excessive contrast will dimish the otherwise pleasing effect.
A polarizer may not always be necessary to reduce shutter speed, however it will reduce reflections.


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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2003, 03:20:36 PM »

Hi, Everybody

I would like to ask anybody once again how to shoot the waterfall
with bluring.
I read some articles about that and they recomended to use F/16
of aperture and 2 sec. or so of shutter speed to get it.
Unfortunately, I failed to repeat the above mentioned recomendations and I got
Could anybody explain to me once again step by step the procedure how to do that,
photographing the waterfall with bluring.

In advance I thank you very much for your time.



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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2003, 11:43:28 AM »

A tripod will bring best results, but a steady hand or solid camera rest will be ok for practicing (eg, just shooting a water spicket or rain outside).

For practicing, use cheap ISO100 film.  For digital, set ISO as low as your camera allows.

Step by Step:
- Set up tripod
- Compose the scene
- Turn the mode dial to Time Exposure (Tv on a Canon).
- Looking thru the viewfinding, adjust the time exposure to lsomething slow.  (Note:  The faster the water is moving, the quicker it will blur.  Curt said 1/8 of a second...sounds good to me for a waterfall.
- Take the shot.

Remember, it's just moving water.  It's like trying to blur anything moving.  The faster it moves, the less time required to blur.  The slower it moves, the more time.

- dave
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