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I brought my camera on a quick hike after work today. These were taken along the Patapsco River.
What I am looking for is some tips or techniques for forest photography. I feel like I never come out with good shots when there is just a lot of green involved. I do not know if I am being too critical of my shots or not but I just feel they could have been done better. And to head anyone off that is going to suggest HDR, my hiking tripod is a unstable POS so it is not an option as they always come out blurry or slightly off to my eyes. My good tripod is pretty heavy so its not worth lugging around while hiking. Sooner or later I'm going to invest in something light and sturdy, but right now I have to make do with what I have.


1. Viewing the Patapsco from a Swinging Bridge

2. Unfortunately it is not wet enough for this cascading fall to look cooler.

3.

Edited by robchaos - 8/1/11 at 6:37pm
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For me, I try to find interesting angles to shoot of the terrain or colors that pop out at me. It could be as simple as a rock covered in lichen or a trail blaze on a tree.
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I've done that before with ok results. Today I went with the intent of photographing those 2 little waterfalls you see in my photos. This was the first time I had ever seen them. I just went on a whim with my camera cuz the trail was called "Cascade Falls Trail" so I figured there had to be something there.
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Those are both the perfect subjects, but waterfall photography can be tricky. It really helps if you have a steady tripod and a dark ND filter so you can really get the water blurred out.
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Those are both the perfect subjects, but waterfall photography can be tricky. It really helps if you have a steady tripod and a dark ND filter so you can really get the water blurred out.
^
Good advice here.

For a perfect waterfall shot you will need a tripod, period.

However you dont need to have one to get a good shot.

The key to getting a waterfall shot is being able to slow down the shutter speed so that you can get a nice fluid milky blur. If its bright you will need to Darken Exposure, or use filters (ND / Polariser).

Here is a low res example of one I did



Based on yout three pictures, I think you need to play about with exposures a bit, and perhaps invest in a Circular Polariser.

Dont be so critical though mate, your shots are not far off the mark, just need a few tweaks to make them look more dramatic.
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Thanks for the input. I went back during different light conditions and used a polarizing filter to cut some reflections off the rocks. Since I only have a 52mm filter I could not use my 18-50, so I had to use my nifty fifty and that forced me to rethink composition and I think it turned out a bit better for it.
The reflections aren't as harsh on the rocks, and the water looks a bit smoother. Overall it is just a little more evenly exposed.



On the shot of the river from the bridge you cannot see as much of a difference, the sky is grey but this time it is due to it being extremely overcast, not bright outside. The trees in the foreground have less shadows, and the reflections on the water are less and not blown out. still not an interesting sky though, but blame the weather for that!
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