Soft waterfall shots - ND filters - Adjusting Aperture

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Soft waterfall shots - ND filters - Adjusting Aperture
6 months ago

The last couple of days of my trip I've spent a fair amount of time trying to get the hang of the waterfalls with milky water. I bought a 10 stop ND filter for my Olympus 50-200 because the one I have for my FZ200 has served me well.

The last two days have been quite cloudy but even considering that I have found the 10 stop filter, in combination with my polarizer, to be too strong. I have had more success adjusting my Aperture all the way up to the maximum f22 for my E-M1 using the "low" ISO that is below 200.

I have read here that you shouldn't really go beyond F8. I am looking for thoughts on the affect of things like f22. I am trying to decide if I'd be better served with a 6 stop ND filter. Maybe I should take the polarizer off when I use it.

Or perhaps if I get a sunny day the ND 10 stop will be just right.

Please share your experiences. Quite a bit of trial and error has not yielded any definitive answers.

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