I watched a tutorial video by ON1 the other day and the photographer Scott Davenport.
The link goes to his website and some of the books, so it sort of is a shameless plug for him. His tutorials on the ON1 website are pretty darned good.
His photography is pretty amazing.
Well, let's just say, I don't think I will travel to all of the areas he does to get those incredible shots.
I have to stick around here for the time being. Farming, caretaking, and work all make it difficult to travel.
[However, I am looking forward to soon being able to explore as many State Natural Areas and State Parks as possible!...That is my dream goal.]
So I went down to the creek. The Awesome Creek. The sun was too bright for getting good 'water' shots, but I thought I'd not waste the opportunity and see what I could do.
I brought my Nikon D3100 with me along with that...Nifty 50mm lens. Of all lenses I could have, I think I like this one the best. It never disappoints me.
I had a rather inexpensive Circular Polarizer filter and a .6 ND [neutral density filter].
Here is a shot with the ND filter only. f16/ISO 200/1/5 second.
So I tried another experiment.
I left the polarizer on and went to see how much reflection I could get off the water that was flowing.
And then I turned the polarizer filter and got this....
Encouraged by what I saw I thought I'd try some more.
However I learned that certain kinds of light and angles don't really have that much effect. I think I need to go out and do some more experiments.
However, let me say the filter did help me get a shot of the Trout on Sunday when I was in the Back Valley.
I hope to get out and try some more experiments.
Today I plan on using some things I learned regarding lighting and DIY lighting with flashlights to accent exactly what I want lit up in Still Life.