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Old September 1st, 2009, 11:00 PM
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Cascade Slow motion

Hi,

I've got 4 images and need some feedback. Which do you like (& why)?

Thanks for your C & C.

Jon

EXIF: Canon XSi & 55-250 all 4 shots.
1) F/32, 0.5, ISO 100, 163mm
2) F/32, 1.0, ISO 100, 163mm
3) F/32, 0.3, ISO 100, 225mm
4) F/29, 1/10, ISO 100, 232mm
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Well, I'll make the desired response easier.

Which one do you like?

Jon
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Sorry for the late reply Jon.

#2 for me, I like the framing and the rocks are sharpest out of the bunch. I take it these were taken using a tripod? If not you have some amazingly steady hands. I do see some camera shake in all of them but the least in #2.

Were you using a timer or shutter release?

Good sturdy tripod?

Not sure if it matters with the new IS lenses but if you had IS turned on while mounted on a tripod it could have been your problem.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:20 PM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Hi Scott,

Thanks for taking the time to offer me some feedback.

I used a tripod (inexpensive but stable ) and a 2 second delay. The wind might be an issue? Anyhow, In my post of Cascade Mtn.Vista, it was the consensus that post 1999 lenses don't need to worry about IS being on or off. However, on my next trip I will do a couple of things - turn off IS when using a tripod and use a smaller aperture.

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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:28 PM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Your welcome Jon, the wind could be an issue if it was blowing hard enough because any movement what so ever will guarantee blur at longer shutter speeds. I think I remember reading that somewhere about the IS on '99 lenses and later but when I'm using mine on a tripod I turn if off anyway.

From the images I have seen you post of the Cascade Mtn Vista, it looks gorgeous.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:50 PM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your additional feedback.

I love the mountains, they provide me with a sense of serenity while I'm immersed in them.

The more I learn the more I realize how little I know - progress not perfection

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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Jon

I think the light is defeating what I perceive to be your goal. Your time frame or window of opportunity for taking this photo may have restricted you to open sun on the rocks and for me it detracts from the water which you are trying to emphasize. Would it have been possible to wait for complete shade before photographing? As seen here No. 4 works best for me.

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Old September 6th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your illuminating feedback.

Yes, it would have been possible to take the shots later in the day. Most times for me it's a 'learn by my mistakes' process.

My friend commented that the light was not optimal for our trip - bright sunshiney day and we would be in the mountains from around noon until late afternoon. I took the vast majority of my shots on the way to the end of the road. I took more shots at the end but there was no water their for the cotton candy effect. It was almost dark by the time we headed out. So, next time I need to look for water that's shaded

Thanks again for your feedback,

Jon
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Jon,

I like the vertical depth of #3 and 4, but i like the "off-center" composition of #2. you might try combining those elements next trip out... i agree about the lighting, the bright light didn't do you any favors - too much light in front, and not enough in back... i wouldn't worry much about wind - unless it's really strong - on exposures under 1 sec. any decent tripod should be sufficient for those shots. you might want to invest in an ND filter, though... shooting at such small apertures (f/29 and smaller) can cause image softening and loss of clarity due to diffraction limiting. best to keep your apertures between f/8 and f/16 for optimum clarity. if you can't get the shutter speed you need for the soft-flow effect (1/3 to 1/2 sec is slow enough, you don't have to go all the way down to 1 or 2 seconds) with just an ND, you can in a pinch stack a polarizer with it to slow things down even further. of course the best approach is to let Mother Nature slow the speed for you, by shooting on a cloudy day... and we should have plenty of those coming up before long!
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Re: Cascade Slow motion

Hi Rocky,

I copied your post onto a document that i'll print out for my trip - going again on Friday. Up to Deception Falls and then the N. Fork Skykomish. Should be a beautiful day in the neighborhood suppose to be in the 80's.

I have both an ND4 and Polarizer filters. They're a brand called Bower. I researched them on Amazon and their were enough reviews and positive responses that I bought them last year. They're not expensive but within my budget. I know, you get what you pay for . . . I guess the results will show one way or the other from my shots.

I Really appreciate all of your feedback and help. And, everybody else's input as well. What doesn't kill me will make me stronger

Jon
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