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01-12-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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Water Fall Shots

I really enjoy the water fall pictures posted here.

To me, using the rather slow shutter speed renders the water to look like a mist - and not really very realistic looking. Has anyone discovered a way to make the water look more realistic - ie., shutter speed setting, or .. ?

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The problem is too fast a shutter speed looks like glass - equally unrealistic. The longer the exposure, the more pronounced the "mist" or "bridal veil" effect, so you probably want a shutter speed slow enough to give just a little motion blur. It's probably going to depend on the scene and may take some trial-and-error.
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Slicking falling water starts around 1/30 shutter speed - a good place to start
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Sure you can freeze water movement with shutter speed.I'm not sure there is a right way or wrong way to photograph a waterfall?Whatever you prefer is right for you but maybe not for me.For me slower shutter speeds give a sense of motion to the water which is something fast shutter speeds will not do.Obviously shutter speeds will vary with the size and speed of the waterfall so just take a series at different shutter speeds and see what works for you.

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It rather depends on water flow speed. I aim for around a third of a second.

Is there actually a way of shooting a waterfall where it is actually realistic?
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QuoteOriginally posted by itshimitis Quote
Is there actually a way of shooting a waterfall where it is actually realistic?
Apparently not, it's a preference only in the eyes of the beholder? I do prefer to use a shutter speed that captures some of the water action and it still looks like water.

"What is the best way to capture a water fall?" is the question in my mind every time I see one of these pictures.
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You can do very realistic waterfall but have to take few shots... One should be slow shutter speed, second around 1/30 and the third one with high shutter speed, then stack them in layers and use the masking feature with brush opacity adjusted accordingly until desired effect. I did this few years ago on request and it was fine. Playing with brush opacity gives great control.

Hope this helps.

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There is a thread on moving water;


https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/26-mini-challenges-games-photo-stories/17...ing-water.html


Many of the early images no longer display, but it is worth a trawl though.
Find images that you like the way the water appears and check out the EXIF data if it is present or linked.
I personally like a bit of 'texture' in the water, rather than the fashionable milky look.
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What about using multiple exposures?
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QuoteOriginally posted by RAART Quote
You can do very realistic waterfall but have to take few shots... One should be slow shutter speed, second around 1/30 and the third one with high shutter speed, then stack them in layers and use the masking feature with brush opacity adjusted accordingly until desired effect. I did this few years ago on request and it was fine. Playing with brush opacity gives great control.

Hope this helps.
RAAT - thanks for sharing this method!
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