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Neil Heggie

Digital Point and Shoot - Water veiling

  small falls trial
small falls trial
f8 1/3sec 1pm

© Neil Heggie
Fuji FinePix S8000...


This is my first post so go easy!!

I have a new camera (Fuji S8000fd) which is my next step in working towards a DSLR.

I took it on its maiden voyage today and tried to capture a water fall/river with a veil effect.

I think I had moderate success using f8 at 1/3 shutter speed. F8 is the minimum my camera will do and 4" is the longest shutter speed. I tried the 4" speed and it was way over exposed.

As far as I know it is not possible to attach any filters.

Basically I am hoping that someone with more experience could give some guidance on how to get the best maximum effect so that it looks almost like mist.

I am working my way through Mr Miotke's guide to digital photography but would appreciate any advice offered.



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1/6/2008 3:04:39 PM

Bob Cournoyer
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  Good first effort, Neil!
Try it again. Though, this time do it around 8 or 9 in the morning or late afternoon when the sun isn't on the water. Use the same f/8, which should lenghten your exposure time, and a tripod.. :-)

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1/6/2008 3:48:42 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  If you didn't already, be sure to manually set the ISO to the lowest value (ISO 64).
The S8000fd lens does not have filter threads, and extends too far to make a tube adapter practical. However, so long as your shooting with the camera on a tripod, you can simply hold a neutral density filter in front of it to shoot long exposures. Cheapest and easiest to use would be the A-series Cokin square filters (#152 = 2x, #153 = 4x, #154 = 8x).

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1/7/2008 6:10:05 AM

Neil Heggie   Thanks guys, fantastic advice. I had manually set the ISO to 100 but will put it lower next time. I will experiment with times of day etc too and have been using a tripod. I'll see how I get on with this before buying filters but will keep them in mind - I didn't think it would be possible to use one so your idea is a pleasant surprise!!

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1/7/2008 9:09:13 AM

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