Blurring water (slow shutter) -- I did it!

11 months 3 weeks ago #692396 by butcha61
This is soooo cool! I did it! B)

finally figured out how to properly blur a water fountain, etc... I quickly went over to Deep Run Park (public park, not even 10 minutes away) before it starts raining again with the gloomy looking skies overhead.  I brought along my tripod too...

I set my Nikon D3500 to Shutter Priority and went all the way down to 1/8 shutter. I didn't DARE touch the camera, so I used SnapBridge by Nikon, and used the remote control function, and took these two photos by remote.

First photo: 18-55mm small zoom, zoomed to 55mm, f/16, 1/8 shutter, and ISO 100.
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3500
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/16.0
Shutter speed: 1/8 sec
Captured: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 9:47am


Second photo: 35mm prime lens, f/11, 1/10 shutter (I must have bumped it accidently off 1/8 to 1/10), and ISO 100.
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3500
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/11.0
Shutter speed: 1/10 sec
Captured: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 9:43am


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11 months 3 weeks ago #692397 by Nikon Shooter
Well done!

The blur as inspiration of movement is way more
efficient visually than the subject in water shots. :P

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11 months 3 weeks ago #692402 by butcha61
Thank you!

These two photos were 100% natural with the D3500, no post-processing, no anything, just the pure photo as it was with a slow 1/8 shutter, a very ominous cloudy sky, and the D3500 on a tripod.  I don't own a ND filter (...yet) but I've heard they really allow way slower shutter speeds and 3 more f-stops or something....


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11 months 3 weeks ago #692404 by Nikon Shooter

butcha61 wrote: These two photos were 100% natural with the D3500, no post-processing, no anything…

Yes, the look like that.

butcha61 wrote: I don't own a ND filter (...yet) but I've heard they really allow way slower shutter speeds and 3 more f-stops or something....

You need slower shutter speed for video mostly.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #692433 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Butcha

Well done with your 'eureka moment' ...... and you are correct in that ND filters will do "interesting stuff" for you

The HD-2 filter needs 1-shutter speed longer (so 1/8 becomes 1/4sec) ... the ND-4 filter is 2 shutter speeds, and the ND-8 is 3 shutter speeds (so 1/8 goes thru 1/4 to 1/2 to 1-second)

Some of us also use an ND-100 or even an ND-1000 ... where daylight x 30second exposures are possible on occasions

Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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11 months 3 weeks ago #692454 by nomad
changing the shutter speed from shot to shot isn't a bad thing.  experiment, see what shutter speed works best.  you'll find that what works for this place won't be fast or slow enough in another situation.  you can also try this as the sun is setting and just after, it'll let you get even longer shutter speeds.


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11 months 3 weeks ago #692476 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day mate

This is a sketch I created some time ago for my students - those like yourself who are discovering the wonders of shutter speeds and apertures

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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11 months 3 weeks ago #692482 by butcha61
Wow, that was wonderful!  Thank you for that example!  I printed it out and will keep it with my camera bag! B)


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