foxfirewisp wrote in post #13013598
I'm still a little clueless when it comes to composition with landscapes... I put the horizon on the rule of thirds line
... I guess I just picked a poor place to snap my picture.
I have heard that you should try not to go past f/16 due to diffraction? It was so bright out, 20 seconds was as slow as I could get without going past f/16.
I embedded the image now.
Don't get all hung up on the rule of thirds...as long as your horizon line isn't smack in the middle (although it works for certain shots such as reflections), you'll be OK.
Also, be mindful of conditions when shooting long exposures. Any type of breeze (even a light one) will cause foliage to sway back and forth throughout the exposure...will be very noticeable in the final image. That could be what happened here...some of the plants look "muddy" and lack definition, even though the rock is in focus. One trick to avoid this is to shoot two exposures...one at a relatively fast shutter speed without the ND filter to "freeze" the foliage in case it is windy, then the second shot with the ND filter to get the water effect that you are after. Then, just blend the two in Photoshop (or something similar) later.