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This might sound lame but you could use a hose or tap to make your own "waterfalls". Even putting objects in the way to change the path of the water and see what it does to the water trails. Try it at different times of day or different light to see how it affects the outcome. All my long exposures have always been a very digital age way of doing it. Try ...


You could practice getting long exposures of roadways with moving cars, assuming you have some of those available... that's probably my most common reason for messing with an ND filter, since I don't really like the look of moving cars frozen in place. Image below is a 1-second exposure of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Something that I just thought of to add ...


You don't need waterfalls, beaches, or volcanos to test what exposure length your camera can handle without excessive noise, ISO settings, tripod issues, sunlight versus cloudy, etc. You can test all that in your back yard. The only thing you can't test that way is optimal length of exposure for the effect you are trying to achieve. However, that is ...


One out of 200 shots, statistically would mean that either your shutter button was pushed all the way down before auto focus had a chance to acquire or something in the shot changed the focus. I suggest using back button focus if possible on your camera to separate the shutter button from the auto focus, it will also be helpful when recomposing.


If your subject is the landscape, but you still want the eclipse in the photo, then I will suggest using an HDR approach. Take 3 up to 5 photos of the same landscape with different exposures. Later using the Lightroom 6, Photomatix, Photoshop or another application to create HDR images, join all the images in one.

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