Clean re­flec­tions

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What’s the ef­fect? If there is a slight breeze ru­in­ing a re­flec­tion when shoot­ing rivers or lakes, there is a so­lu­tion: use a long ex­po­sure to smooth out the wa­ter and im­prove the re­flec­tion. If you are shoot­ing at sunrise or sunset, the ex­po­sure times may nat­u­rally run to sev­eral sec­onds, but if you are shoot­ing dur­ing the day, you will need a neu­tral den­sity fil­ter.

What’s the time? This im­age of Thurne Mill re­flected in the river needed an ex­po­sure of five sec­onds to smooth the sur­face of the wa­ter, as a light breeze de­tracted from the over­all tran­quil­ity of the scene. Would it have made the re­flec­tion bet­ter if I’d used a longer ex­po­sure time? Not re­ally, as the wa­ter’s as smooth as it can be, and there wasn’t any other ben­e­fit of us­ing a longer ex­po­sure, be­cause there weren’t any sub­stan­tial clouds.

When there is the pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting some in­ter­est­ing move­ment in clouds, I use my Lee Lit­tle or Big Stop­per with a land­scape po­lariser to ob­tain a longer ex­po­sure (see page 35). My Lee land­scape po­lariser is ul­tra-thin, so is great for us­ing with wide-an­gle lenses with­out run­ning the risk of vi­gnetting.

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