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Getting smooth water without tripod or ND filters.

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Chris2500dk, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    598
    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I really like the smooth water effect you can get with a long exposure, but since it usually requires both a tripod and ND filter I tried this alternative approach with my RX100.

    I shot a series of frames with the moving water at normal exposure (1/50s - f3.2 - ISO125 in this case) and used Photo Acute to merge them.
    I'm sure Photoshop and other programs can do much the same, but since I have Photo Acute and it's quite decent at lining up the shots that's what I used.

    Here's an animated gif showing in the individual frames
    Water_individual_frames.

    And here's the resulting merged image
    Water_merged.

    I'm pretty happy with it as is, but had I used a slower shutter speed and shot more frames the result would have been better.
     
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  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Really cool idea!
     
  3. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    978
    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Agreed! Nice thinking!
     
  4. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    539
    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    That's a great idea! I love the gif too! that looks awesome!
     
  5. Garylh

    Garylh SC Veteran

    Nice idea, I have got to try this...

    Gary
     
  6. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Good idea, impressive...
     
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Well done.
     
  8. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    539
    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    How many shots did you take to make this?
     
  9. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    598
    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    This was from 6 shots. For future attempts I'll probably go higher, the 10fps continuous mode of the RX100 really makes it easy.