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Good question, Fred.
I'm not sure if you are concerned about subject motion (e.g. - moving leaves) or a moving camera (with long lenses, this can be an issue even with a solid tripod), so let me deal with both.
Regarding subject motion, this rarely turns out to be a problem for several reasons. First, since I'm typically blending different areas from the two (or occasionally more) exposures, the objects within the areas usually come entirely from one or the other exposure. Take a surf shot, for example. One of the component exposures might include the water and the other exposure might include, say, the sky - so there really isn't a point in the frame where I get a doubly image with different points in the motion of the subject. In other cases, some care in where the boundaries are created can overcome any potential problems. With foliage - say a sunny section and a shaded section - I'm most likely to blend in a bit of the longer exposure in shaded areas, and I can either be careful about the boundaries, or I find that these areas include less motion. Also, it is good to keep in mind that it isn't always necessarily to completely stop motion - lots of fine landscape work has moving leaves, for example.
As far as camera stability issues go, I have a little live view trick that I use when wind is a concern. I frame the composition, focus, then leave the live view display zoomed in at 10X. If there is any vibration from wind I'll see it in the display - and I simply wait for a lull in the motion to make the exposures.
Hope I'm answering the right questions!
Fred Miranda wrote:
First, let me acknowledge that a lot of this is a matter of personal preference related to style.
I shoot in Yosemite a lot. (I'll be there this evening and then tomorrow.) I shoot from the road and I also shoot from the trail in the backcountry. When carrying the whole kit, I cover 17mm to 400mm on full frame, and I use all of these lenses regularly. I could shoot there with your kit, but I would want a longer lens, too, for my purposes.
As for filters, there are only two types that I carry. A CPL (circular polarizer) can be useful for a number of purposes, ranging from the usual control of reflections and heightening of sky/cloud contrasts, to working as a sort of quick and dirty neutral density filter. Speaking of the latter, I do carry a neutral density filter, too. I find it useful for shooting creeks and waterfalls since I can lengthen the exposure time to get some motion blur in the water even in daylight.
I'm personally not a fan of graduated neutral density filters - I shoot from the tripod, so I prefer exposure blending methods.
Enjoy the park!
I have planned a trip to CA for 9 nights the beginning of June. I'm from Massachusttes and this is my first trip to California. I'll be in Yosemite for four nights, Napa for two and San Francisco for three. Family trip but I plan on having plenty of time to shoot. Hoping for some snow to get the waterfalls going. For gear I will be bringing:
Nikon D7000 + A Nikon full frame body ( not sure which one. Hoping for a D800 )
Nikon 105 VR Macro.
The only filter I own right now is a CP for the 24-70. If you were going to add one or two filters for landscapes witht the 24-70 which would you suggest? Any other suggestions as well? Thank you.
How do you deal with windy conditions? I could never blend exposures where wind is a factor. In these situations, a gradual ND is helpful.
I don't like the look of "tone mapping" and that is the heart of HDR...
HDR software has gotten better but based on your pictures, I don't think you would like it either.
However, you should try exposure fusion. Photomatix provides this option and in my opinion it's the best result you can get aside from manual layer work.
If you don't want Photomatix, you can use "Enfuse" for Lightroom, which pretty much does the same thing and it's free. (The creator only asks for a donation)
As far as gear goes, I agree with Gunzorro regarding TS-Es
This could be an expensive proposition but the ideal gear would be 3 lenses and the 1.4x extender:
70-200mm f/4L IS.
Don't forget to bring waterproof pants and boots.