This photo was taken in December 2011 at Monkey creek, located on the way to Milford Sound, New Zealand. In summer, it was totally hot and the sun light was extreme. I wanted to capture the movement of the water, but with the aperture of 11.0 and CPL my lowest speed shutter was only 1/30s. Hence, Lee Big-stopper that can reduce the light about 10 stops was applied in this scene. As a result, I could capture the silky smooth water at speed shutter about 30 seconds.
This photo was not applied HDR technique. When applying appropriate filters, we could get a successful shot. Additionally, to control overall sharpness, the maximum f-stop that I usually use in landscape/seascape photo is f11.0 as to avoid the diffraction. In this photo, I focused about 1.2-1.5 m. from camera that was usually the hyper-focus of the lens, 16-35mm.
Finally, I set up my camera on tripod in quite low angle that about 4-5 inches above the water level. I needed to clean the filters several times before getting a satisfied shot from this scene. My camera was partly watered, but everything seemed alright.
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