Posted by: photographytuition | May 3, 2012

Waterfall photography in Wales

To get the silky effect of water moving you need to use a very slow shutter speed. And to be able to use a slow shutter speed you need either very dark conditions or neutral density filters to make it seem dark. But supposing it isn’t dark and you haven’t got neutral density filters? An alternative way of achieving silky water is by using the multiple exposure facility. Not all cameras have this – check your handbook.

Multi exposure photo. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm lens at 30mm. ISO 100. 3 exposures on Auto Gain at 1/8th second, f16. Exposure at +1 1/2 stops.

I’d never tried this technique before. The camera obviously needs to be on a tripod but the rest was guesswork – I took pictures and adjusted exposures accordingly. Auto Gain – what’s that! Tried it with it on and off – this seemed to be the best result.

Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 25mm. ISO 100. 1/4sec f27.

The above shot was hand held. Silly I know, but it was windy, rainy and I was cold!

Nikon D 7000 with 16-85mm at 16mm. ISO 100. 1 sec at f22 using neutral density filters.

Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 20mm. ISO 100. 3secs at f22 using neutral density filters.

Original in colour and converted to black and white for a change – not sure if it works.

All photographs taken in the Elan Valley area of mid Wales.

If you would like to contact me: will@phonecoop.coop

If you would like to go to these waterfalls take a look at my website: www.photographytuition.co.uk

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