How to get this look?

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  1. matt9013 macrumors 6502

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    I have seen a lot of pictures where people make the water look like this. How do people get this look? A certain setting or effect?

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  2. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    It's a long exposure. Using a small aperture (and possibly a neutral density filter) will allow for a slower shutter speed. With a shutter speed of a few seconds, the movement of the water during that time will make it appear somewhat smoother in the final image.
     
  3. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks.
     
  4. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Saw this recently:



    Tony Northrup explains how to simulate long exposures in photoshop.
     
  5. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

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  6. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Remember... You need a tripod for long exposures... Something worth spending money on for a good one.
     
  7. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    What gave it away?
     
  8. chrfr macrumors 603

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    A shutter speed long enough to blur water will nearly always be long enough for foliage to move around in the wind.
     
  9. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Well done :)
     
  10. kallisti macrumors 65816

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    Usually true, but it depends on the amount of wind present and (often but not always related) the subsequent shutter speed needed to blur the water to get the effect you desire.

    This was exposed for 2.5 seconds @ f/11 and ISO 64. I was using an ND filter, but can't remember the strength. There was relatively little wind that day, so there wasn't much chop on the water compared to "normal" days I've been there. Notice that the power lines (which were certainly subject to any wind) are still fairly crisp. Yes, this was only a 2.5 sec exposure and I have some longer ones (6 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec) of the same subject where the power lines are blurred, but the wind was also stronger for those shots and the water never became still enough to create this effect even with the much longer exposure times.

    As noted in the posts above, a tripod is *essential* for this type of shot.

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  11. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    I remember this one Kallisti, a fabulous shot!
     
  12. kallisti macrumors 65816

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    Thanks Kenoh :). I don't think I posted the one above, instead posting this shot that was taken just after (minus the ND filter) exposed for 1/6 sec @ f/11 and ISO 64. The ND filter darkened the lower right corner as I had my TS lens shifted up to capture this and it didn't play well with the filter.

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  13. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Really like the light and the framing the power lines give.
     
  14. swordio777 macrumors 6502

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    The Bad Guy is right, it's definitely a composite. You can tell by looking closely at the leaves in the water and the water's edge. A long exposure has been used on the water, but not the trees. You can still see some still water through the smooth blurred water, and can see where the soft, blurry leaves meet the perfectly still ones at the water's edge.

    To get the colours in the water the shot has been heavily processed then had the saturation cranked up to 11.

    Hope that helps.

    Iain
     
  15. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been able to eek an extra .5 second with a polarizer this way, just enough to get some motion blur from fast moving water (a waterfall in my case) in broad day light.
     

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