I posted a few images earlier this year that I took during my trip to Maui last April. The images were of a hike I took to the Waimoku Falls located within the Haleakala National Park. While on the trail I noticed that the Pipiwai Stream paralleling the trail was incredibly saturated. As I stepped down into the creek my world became saturated in green. The mossy rocks combined with the green vegetation made for a surreal environment.
I had two ideas in my mind as I thought about the shot. First, I wanted the water to be silky. Second, I wanted to subdue the reflection on the water. So, I used my Lee Neutral Density Filters to extend my exposure (see yesterday’s post on this subject) and I used a Circular Polarizer to remove most of the reflection on the water. Circular polarizers are a good filter to add to your camera bag. Its main objective is to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare from water surfaces. The filter is typically mounted on the front of the lens. Filters come in different sizes. You will need to know the size of your lens opening (typically found on the lens barrel or inside the lens cap) in order to obtain the right size filter.
This image was taken with my Sony Alpha a7 II DSLR using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 10 seconds and the ISO set at 100. As mentioned above, I used my Lee Neutral Density filters to extend the exposure time and my circular polarizer to reduce the glare on the water. All processing was done in Lightroom from a single image.
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