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Post by travis_cooper on Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:09 pm

Okay, I'm curious. Who thinks this is a good idea, and who thinks I shouldn't have done it? I think it can be a lot of fun, and it is something that everybody should be able to do, even though it may be new to some. I hope we see a lot of variety, and a good amount of submissions for this one. I already have a great shot in mind. Also, those that haven't done much nighttime photography, although thats not the only way to get a 1" exposure it is probably the most common place for it, what questions do you have about how to do it? I think there are some things that those of us who have shot nighttime shots before might be able to help you out on. So let me know what you think about this challenge, ask your questions, and talk about the challenge in general here. Remember not to give away too much what you are trying to shoot so people won't know which picture is yours when the voting starts next week.

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Post by FarrahJ on Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:39 pm

I don't think that any idea is a bad one...we're here to have fun and learn...Not every challenge will appeal to everyone...but these challenges are a great encouragement to try something new.
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Post by 2hoosiers1gem on Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:41 pm

I think it's a great idea! It's not something I do very much since I shoot people and normally want my ss to be FAST. Very Happy This should be a fun challenge!
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Post by travis_cooper on Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:30 pm

For those of you that have some cool rivers/streams in your area. How will you get that nice silky look? We need to be able to get a shutter speed of 1" or longer for this challenge, so how will you overcome that? First of all, going out during the day is probably not a good idea at all. You will have way too much light to be able to get that kind of a shutter speed, so you will need to go at dawn or dusk, or sometime that the lighting is darker. Just as an example, I went a couple of days ago, on my lunch break, to take some shots of a stream. Middle of the day, at least the scene I was shooting was all in shade, but it still wasn't very dark. I threw on a polarizing filter, to help with the reflection on the water, this cut 2 stops for me, then I threw on a ND4 filter, this cut 4 stops for me, but it still wasn't enough. I then threw on my ND1 filter, another full stop of light cut, and I was still not quite there. My camera, in Tv mode, was set for 1" and the aperture was stopped all the way down, f/22, and was still blinking, meaning it was still letting in too much light, thankfully by now, 7 full stops of less light later, I was only off by a 1/3 stop, so I got my 1" shutter speed and it overexposed by a 1/3 of a stop, which is actually pretty normal for me to need to do anyway, and the histogram looked great. So if you plan on doing something like this in the middle of the day, I hope you have some filters to cut out some light, otherwise you need to do this before the sun comes up, or after it goes down. I hope this will be helpful to someone.

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