Should water look natural in photography?
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01-11-10, 05:03 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Yes, I know what you mean..... but it's difficult to see how that picture would have been anything other than 'very dull' if it had been taken with a 'normal' shutter speed, so it's probably the best achievable result in the circumstances.
It's the movement that gives the tonal values to the sea and the clouds - so you get a smooth transition of tones, without much in the way of shape. The people who make the best results with this kind of thing know just the right conditions, time of day etc, with the clouds moving towards the camera. Before the 'Big Stopper', the long exposures had to be achieved by taking the pictures in semi-darkness..... f/16 with a 3-stop ND. Now, I suppose you could take the picture at any time of the day.
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