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Poll - Have you ever shot water at long exposures?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Liam Clifford, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. Liam Clifford

    Liam Clifford Active Member

    This week's question is: Do you shoot long exposure water shots? Cast your vote today.

  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Not yet...well I have but only briefly hand held which didn't quite work but gave me an idea of what was needed.
    Not sure that milky water works in every case
  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Yes, I've taken long exposure shots of water - principally to see whether I could master the technique.

    I like the effect of long exposure photography, however I'm very aware that such images are now considered to be something of a cliche so, unless I manage to achieve a spectacular result, I can't see any of them ever being subjected to the scrutiny of anybody other than myself.

    Cheers, Jeff

    PS - none of the possible answers were applicable.
  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Only once and that was at an AP masterclass, I have not used it otherwise as I normally do not carry a tripod. I must try harder.
  5. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Not in the 10 stop ND sense of the concept but I have done longish exposures in low light conditions...
  6. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    No. Moving water has a liveliness thst needs to be captured. I can understand averaging out waves etc. for sea scenes but running water -no.
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  7. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Yes, and I'll do it again too!

    I don't think there is any harm in practicing technique whether for the sake of learning or art. I've learned things from trying it and have seen others produce stunning shots so it's fine by me.
    JennyTog likes this.
  8. JennyTog

    JennyTog Member

    Yes, with the Lee 10 stop filter and others. I really like the results :)
  9. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    What he said!
  10. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Now and again to assess the effect.

  11. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Never, the idea has never interested me.

    So, no option on the list for me. Again. :(
  12. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    No. but I would if the right subject came up.
  13. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Unfortunately, there was no poll option for my position.

    Yes, I have shot moving water at long exposures, but only a few times. Generally I don't particularly like the effect - it doesn't "look right" to me.
  14. Ffolrord

    Ffolrord Well-Known Member

    Yep. I don't give a monkey's if people think they are a cliche.
  15. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    In this context what is a long exposure?
    I have shot streams at about 1/10 to 1/30 second which only partial stops the water.
    I have also shot spray at 1/000 second which only just about stops the droplets.
    All theses shutter speeds are on the long side compared to what I might use to stop these actions completely.
  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Yes. 10 stop ND and remote control bought mostly for this purpose.
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  17. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Member

    Like Terrywoodenpic I have shot streams at around 1/15 second. I find that this captures the movement of the water but retains enough definition that it still looks "natural".
    As for really long exposures... for waterfalls I don't like the effect at all because I feel it robs them of their vitality, but for the sea I like the surreal effect when a long exposure is used in conjunction with man-made structures.
    Craig20264 likes this.
  18. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    One of the interesting things to do - now at low cost (just time! ;)) on digital - is to run through a whole range of shutter speeds. Sometimes the camera will reveal things unseen by the eye and un-imagined by the mind.
    Zou likes this.
  19. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    "..things unseen by the eye and un-imagined by the mind"

    Are you talking about ghosts? You are, aren't you? Ghosts!

    Cheers, Jeff
  20. Themis

    Themis Well-Known Member

    Again, none of the options on the poll fit my case. I tried longer exposure than what's required to 'freeze' the movement, but I don't like the milky effect/totally averaged movement, so I only tried a shutter speed slow enough to capture the flow, but also the splashes, something like this: http://www.redbubble.com/people/themis/works/12622880-restless-at-sunset
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