I have tried it but I didn't invest a lot into the ones I tried so they were crummy quality and ruined the picture quality and added a horrible tint. I've been thinking about investing in some good ones lately though as I really love long shutter speeds with water photos.
I just recently did the same thing! I took the glass out of an old cheap UV filter and superglued the welding glass to the filter. Definitely beats rubber bands This works for me because I only plan to use it on my wide angle lens. If you have different lens sizes though, it may be a problem. I haven't had a good day to take it out and try it out yet. I just glued the glass to the filter last night. The last time I took it out I had rubber bands and I had forgotten my wireless remote at the house so I couldn't do any exposures longer than 30sec. However, hopefully today I'll get a chance to go try it out since I have everything all together I'm very cheap as far as filters go myself. I just can't bring myself to spend $100+ on a piece of glass. I'd much rather put that money towards a lens I've bought some crummy filters though because of it and truthfully if I added up the cost of all of my cheap attempts, it would probably be about the cost of a decent filter. However, I've had a good time being cheap! It's more tricky and calls for better editing but I don't mind; makes me learn new techniques
I think I glue-gunned mine. But it was such a faff with the focus - the weight of the bloody thing... I'm going to treat myself and order a £30 one I've seen... somewhere online... I know I saved it as a favourite somewhere... Glad to see there are other nerds out there too. You should try IR film one day, if you get the chance. I think I still have a tin of 35mm in the loft somewhere... it must be nearly 30 years old tho... wonder if it's still stable
this shot is sorta edited. I actually took three images and put them into a program that merged them to make an HDR. Other than that though, I don't think there was much editing done to this one. My other waterfall shot "Heaven's Waterfall" has absolutely no editing and it's not an HDR just a gorgeous shot!
Also, the way the water was done was with a long shutter speed of 1 second. (of course the three photos merged made it more so) I was able to do a 1 second exposure because the sun was almost set and it wasn't too bright outside so none of the photos were overly bright.
I did use photoshop on this but that's not the secret behind it. It's an HDR (High Dynamic Range). Most cameras have the option to do exposure bracketing. It's where you take three photos all at different exposures. If your camera doesn't have it you can do it manually if you have a tripod. With the different exposures, you end up with a darkish photo, a right photo, and a light photo. I then used a program called Photomatix Pro to merge them easily. It has several presets that allows you to play with the shadows and highlights (the HDR-ness). After I got what I wanted with it, I took it over to photoshop and finished it off by taking the Photomatix watermark out. I think I also played with the contrast and the brightness. HDR is definitely something to try. Some people like it, others don't.
I have been experimenting with the Pro HDR effect in Photoshop CS5. Is that the program that you used here? Do you use jpeg or raw files? Did you use any lighting other than natural? As far as this compostition is concerned, the colors, detail and composition are wonderful. The only thing that I can say negatively is the amount of noise, it is somewhat distracting. But, the excessive noise is something that I have seen in most of my HDR compositions as well. I have tried reducing the noise in each file before combining them in the HDR software but, it always seems to reappear. I am about to embrace the noise as part of the finished product, almost!
I have a couple of my HDRs in my gallery. I'd appreciate your critique.
I use photomatix pro to make the HDRs. I try to use raws when possible. It seems that they come out better but I've never compared the two with the same picture so I'm not sure on that. The lighting is natural, with the exception of the HDR settings. I haven't really found a way to reduce the noise successfully either with HDRs. I didn't have any noise in the original images but for whatever reason, when they're combined they make noise. Thank you! I'm glad you like the image. I will definitely take a look at your gallery
Love it Tabitha!! You are rocking the HDR very well woo hoo, i follow alot of HDR artists the world over and you're up there with the best of them lol with one German photographer being the best i've seen, but as always subject to change, could you be the next to take her place
Stunning photo none the less, i love it, just love studying all the beautiful vivid detail of this evening photo!!
thank you! that really means a lot like seriously i've seen a lot of great HDR photos and I try to make mine just as inspiring and breathtaking i'm still exploring new things with photography but hopefully i do continue to better my gallery and impress you with my HDRs Thanks for taking a look and for the nice comment. It made my night