shots of waterfalls during the day with bright sunlight
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    shots of waterfalls during the day with bright sunlight

    by fattyman » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:28 pm

    I'm having trouble taking pictures of waterfalls in bright sunlight.
    I used the largest aperture and the lowest ISO. But even still, with a shutter speed of 1/30 it was too bright. I know the time of the day will affect it, but at this time it wasn't really an option.

    Any solutions?
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    Re: shots of waterfalls during the day with bright sunlight

    by JazzXP » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:33 pm

    fattyman wrote:I'm having trouble taking pictures of waterfalls in bright sunlight.
    I used the largest aperture and the lowest ISO. But even still, with a shutter speed of 1/30 it was too bright. I know the time of the day will affect it, but at this time it wasn't really an option.

    Any solutions?

    *cough* smallest aperture *cough* :lol: (big number = small aperture)

    What you need is an ND filter. A ND8 will drop your light by 3 stops, even in bright sun this may not be enough, you might need one of the big stoppers or stack some (beware of colour casts on cheaper filters though).
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    by Fusionize » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:46 pm

    Buy an ND800.

    Will solve all problems :)

    Below taken at 3:45pm :)

    Apart fromt hat there is not much you can do, close down the lens and wait for a really overcast day.

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    by fattyman » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:00 pm

    Thanks. Is ND8 and ND800 filter the same? I ebayed nd800 with no results.

    Will leaving on an nd8 filter on with average light intensity affecting picture lighting?
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    by Remorhaz » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:26 pm

    fattyman wrote:Thanks. Is ND8 and ND800 filter the same? I ebayed nd800 with no results.

    Will leaving on an nd8 filter on with average light intensity affecting picture lighting?


    Search for a Neutral Density filter (which basically just reduces the amount of light coming into the lens - hopefully evenly and without shifting the colour).

    There are various strengths of filters from 1 Stop, 2 Stop, 3 Stop on upwards to ones that do 8 or 10 stops. There are also variable ones which allow you to adjust the amount of light reduction but they are generally very expensive.

    The ND2, ND4, ND8 terminology is just shorthand for indicating the amount of light reduction - ND2 halves the light (1 stop), ND4 (one quarter - 2 stops), ND8 (one eigth - 3 stops)
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    by Fusionize » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:21 pm

    fattyman wrote:Thanks. Is ND8 and ND800 filter the same? I ebayed nd800 with no results.

    Will leaving on an nd8 filter on with average light intensity affecting picture lighting?


    ND8's arent strong enough imho. ND800 is 10 stops difference. May be hard to get them these days so search for ND400's.

    Basically using these filters will allow longer exposures at larger apertures.
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    by K1W1 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:31 pm

    Check this thread to get an idea of what effect various ND filters have on shutter speed with a constant aperture.

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