waterfall pictures

Discussion in 'Photography' started by duder, Jun 9, 2004.

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    duder Guest

    what's a good way to capture a time elapsed photo of a waterfall
    i have an old ae1 camera. it has a bulb setting. do i just need a
    tripod and a certain speed of film?
    duder, Jun 9, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    Do you mean "fizzy" water effect? Slow shutter
    speed on tripod of about between 1/15 sec - 8
    seconds should do the trick. Use 50-100 iso, but
    that is less important. I have done some acceptable
    shots with 200 iso. With faster film you might
    need a ND filter to reduce the light to get the
    slower speeds.

    D.R., Jun 9, 2004
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    Mac Tabak Guest

    Really you need to meter the water (white rushing water that is) then try &
    setup your camera so that you can get a 1 sec exposure at F8 or F11...even
    F22 if you can. buy a ND filter,i have an ND8 which adss 3 stops onto the
    exposure setting & allows me to give water that velvet finish you seek, it
    also allows one to take photos of a road & no traffic to appear, as long as
    they are moving!!!

    Ross Mckinnon

    http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=259410 this is the shot above Aira
    Force falls in the Lakes
    http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=259523 this is the actual falls
    Mac Tabak, Jun 9, 2004
  4. Just a newbie here myself, but I thought I'd post anyway. I haven't
    had the opportunity to shoot a lot of waterfalls, but I have spent
    some time shooting cascades with my digital. My observations (please
    correct me if I'm wrong):

    A neutral density filter is a good thing to have, on those days where
    there are no clouds to darken the scene. A book I bought Monday "North
    Carolina Waterfalls: Where to Find Them, How To Photograph Them"
    states that stacking filters isn't the best of ideas, but I'm curious
    how bad stacking ND filters is.

    Overcast days are good; the author of said book claims his best shots
    are made on days where it's overcast, or even misting lightly. So far,
    I believe the best shots I've made of a series of cascades I use to
    experiment with were made right at sun down. Not having the camera's
    white balance set properly generated an effect I wasn't looking for,
    nor do I like, so I'll try the same location and conditions again,
    paying more attention to the camera's settings.

    Knowing which direction the waterfall faces is important for
    determining the best time of day to capture the scene, obviously.

    Tripod? Definitely. Patience? Certainly.
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 10, 2004
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    MFP Guest

    just turn the apeture setting way up, and the shutter speed setting down

    if you have an apeture priority mode, use it. take a tripod with you.

    and yeah, you will want an overcast day for this.
    MFP, Jun 10, 2004
  6. Poole, Jr.
    I have a number of them at http://users.techline.com/randya - all done
    with a 10D for what it's worth.
    Randall Ainsworth, Jun 10, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Very nice work, and it's always nice to see the local area. :) The
    waterfalls are gorgeous, but my favorite shot is the sunset at Ocean Shores,
    with the grass focused in front and the sunset behind. Beautiful - I hope
    you have that one framed somewhere.

    Mike Kohary, Jun 10, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    Assuming you don't want to purposefully degrade the image, it is always
    better to have as few surfaces as possible in front of the lens. Therefore,
    one 4x ND is better than two 2x ND.

    As to how bad additional surfaces are, best practical answer is "not much".
    It really depends on the manufacturing of the filter - planarity of the
    surfaces, absence of refraction, etc.


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    Rob Novak Guest

    Stacking filters has a couple of drawbacks. First, you have a number
    of parallel planes of glass, which can cause unwanted reflections and
    abberations. Second, if you're using a wide-angle lens, you
    eventually end up vignetting. If I stack filters, it's usually a
    circ. polarizer and one other (closeup, 80B, K2 yellow, 25A red).
    Rob Novak, Jun 10, 2004
  10. Are you from around here?

    I just got some tests back from my lab yesterday so that I could get
    calibrated with them. They look great. Hope to get some 16x20's and
    20x24's made to replace the old prints of former customers that are now
    on my walls.
    Randall Ainsworth, Jun 10, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Born, raised and live in the Seattle suburbs.
    Cool. Who are you using for the large prints?

    Mike Kohary, Jun 10, 2004
  12. Thanks for the update, dadiOH! This makes perfect sense now that I
    think of it in terms of "surfaces in front of the lense."

    Don't I know you from somewhere? :)
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 11, 2004
  13. Well, guess you know where Aberdeen is then.
    I'm using Pacific Color. Back when I had the studio I used Pacific
    ever since they were up on Roosevelt (looooong time ago). Switched to
    RichColor and then I closed the studio and Richcolor went tits up.
    Always liked Pacific's work but thought they were a bit pricey.
    Randall Ainsworth, Jun 11, 2004
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