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Glassy Water

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by GaronTornell, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. This was my first attempt at capturing the glassy look to water.

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  2. tjk60


    Dec 4, 2007
    troy, mi
    Way to try new things! There is a lot of blown highlights here, so you'll need to try filters or not shoot so much into the light. Maybe a CP or ND filter since you're already at f22
  3. Thanks...I noticed the highlights problem as well. I tried metering off a darker area...but the result was the same or close. I need to look into getting filters indeed. Is a CP a circular polarizer? What does ND mean? Thanks for the CC
  4. Good for your first attempt. ND is Neutral Density, which is really just a grey piece of glass (neutral coloured) placed over your lens which allows your aperture to stay open longer without being flooded with a whole lot of light. You can get them in varying degrees of darkness. If you like shooting water, especially waterfalls, you'll want one.
  5. I think a Circular polarizer will be of great help here to take care of the spurious reflections.
  6. Thanks Sandi, I will look into that.
  7. Actually, a CP might detract from a shot like this. Assuming the reflections are intended, a CP would visually eliminate them and you would see into the water.

    A graduated ND filter is a good trick. They are partly clear and partly neutral gray tinted. You can get both varying stops of density and varying filters with different areas of tint - 1/2, 1/3, etc. The balance is clear. This allows you to meter a more light-neutral scene with fewer highlight issues. There are lots of options, and they add up quickly!!
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