Water: long or short exposure?

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gavin
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Re: Water: long or short exposure?

1 even the sky is more dramatic. They are two completely different style though so it is a preference vs better.

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GCam Veteran Member • Posts: 9,350
Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Was wondering how I missed this thread, but remembered I was traveling last weekend.  As shot, it's a great image.  I tend to overdo editing.  gc

Graham Meale
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Re: Water: long or short exposure?

"Overdo" being the operative word. Realistic? Certainly not. Artistic? Absolutely!

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Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Thank you.  I was surprised at all the color when I lifted exposure in raw and just went from there with Apply Image and Contrast Mask and 1 Hue Sat layer to tone down the cyan in the center.  gc

Quarkcharmed
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Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Thanks!!

It's interesting how much room there was for lifting the shadows in the jpeg I posted. In this version, the rocks became very 'hot' and dominant over waves and sky, which shows how it possible to emphasise one part of an image or another.

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Was wondering how I missed this thread, but remembered I was traveling last weekend. As shot, it's a great image. I tend to overdo editing. gc

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NixonS Regular Member • Posts: 264
Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Quarkcharmed wrote:

Which one do you like the most (if any)?

0.6s and 30s exposures respectively. The second one is taken closer to the blue hour and it would be difficult to actually make it shorter.

This thread is more to discuss your preferable approach to capturing the water movement, but CC is welcome and will be appreciated.

Cathedral Rocks

Cathedral Rocks

Imo they're both good but for different reasons.

The first, I love how the water seems more 'busy,' flowing in all different kinds of directions. The rocks draw your eyes to lighter part of the sky on the right side of the photo. All in all, I prefer the shorter exposure.

But I think it misses one thing the second does really well.

I really like the blue shift in the colour. I think I would try to replicate this in the first one in post. The tranquil waters, the calm sky. This is also very nice. And I can see more into the shadows/darks with this one.

They're both very nice photographs, well done

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Aahh, that's a little wild.

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richj20 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,303
Another comparison

1/250 sec.

1/10 ec.

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Re: Another comparison
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Why choose shutter speed at the time of the shot? Unless the photographer is desperate for time, given probably 1 minute (including adding perhaps ND filters) one can take a dozen shots at differing shutter speeds, and choose the one most suitable to his taste. Digital "film" is cheap.

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