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Water behind ships much bluer than rest of ocean

Is this an effect like HDR or plain photoshop (post processing)? I'd say neither. The effect is natural. The ships' propellors churn the water quite a bit, causing the wake to become aerated. This is ...
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How can I take advantage of the transparency of water in a landscape photo?

You'll want to use a polarization filter. Rotate it until you get the effect you want. By the way, make sure you get a circular polarizer (most modern ones), the older linear polarizers can confuse ...
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

Use the ambient light to illuminate the waterfall. Use a fairly powerful flash to illuminate your human subject. The quick duration of the flash will freeze her, especially if she remains fairly still ...
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Water behind ships much bluer than rest of ocean

Many navy ships intentionally inject air into their wake to obfuscate their sonar signature. See Prairie-Masker air system This added air gives the wake a light blue hue, and since the air bubbles ...
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How can I take a long-time exposure of water without a grey filter?

You can merge multiple short exposure photos into a single long exposure image. There are a lot of tutorials on the net, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAuQWfS3pLg Basically, he opens ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

The easiest way is to take a Live Photo, then while viewing it in the Photos app, swipe up to access effects and choose Long Exposure. This will blend the frames of Live Photo together into a single ...
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

Take multiple photos, including the background without the subject present. Expose differently to fit each element. Combine in Photoshop. You can also spend more time playing with different settings ...
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How can I take a long-time exposure of water without a grey filter?

Assuming you're doing the obvious - setting ISO to the minimum and using the smallest aperture you can - then there's nothing else you can do without an ND filter. They're not that expensive :-)
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Camera on boat worth the risk?

You should get a water tight pouch for it. As long as you won't be submerging it intentionally for extended times, these kinds of pouches should provide plenty of protection. They just need to keep ...
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How to "NOT" photograph reflections on water

Use a polarizing filter, which will filter out light polarized in a certain direction (turn the filter until the desired effect is achieved). This works, because reflected light is polarized in the ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

Third-party camera application It does not appear that the default application on iOS has any fine-grained control mode. But you can achieve that if you use a third-party camera application that gives ...
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Can a lens's MgF2 anti-reflective coating be damaged by salt water?

Short version : stop the madness. Keep your lens out of salt water. Period. Salt water is corrosive and fairly close to the worst thing you can get on a lens. Submerging any lens is an appallingly ...
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How to "NOT" photograph reflections on water

If you want to get the effect without photoshop trickery there are couple of factors to think about. Generally reflections off of medium boundary (like water) are governed by Frensell equations that ...
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Camera on boat worth the risk?

There are a few options I've used to take cameras on the water canoeing and kayaking, both on flat water and through rapids. Here's the order I've done them in, so you know where I ended up: Get a ...
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How can I take advantage of the transparency of water in a landscape photo?

In addition to a CPL as @remco said, which will kill unwanted glare in the water and sky, and somewhat off the snowcaps too, for this scene in particular you would also need to control for the ...
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How to avoid water in a shower from appearing to fall upwards?

Unfortunately, your flashes won't be able to do the job. It's not that the DLites are altogether useless (they're really rather nice units), but the way they work — the way a lot of studio flashes ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

That particular image almost has to be a fusion of two (or more images). In order to get the blur in the water, you need a relatively long exposure time, as you mentioned. But if you've ever hung ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

The native iPhone camera app does not allow manual exposure control. You would need to use a third-party camera app to control the shutter speed. However, there is a Long Exposure effect that can be ...
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Is a water-damaged micro SD card likely to be readable?

Flash memory like SD and Micro SD cards is very robust, and flocculants in the water aren't likely to damage either the plastic housing of the card or the electronics. If the contact strips (often ...
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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

Freezing motion is about controlling the light, more importantly it's about controlling the amount of time the light will strike the sensor. To do that, you have two basic options: Shutter speed ...
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How can I increase the sharpness for shots like this water droplet image?

It seems that the focus is shifted backwards. This contributes to unsharpness of main object. You should focus more carefully. Also, you may use even bigger F-number when resolution drop caused by ...
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How do I recreate this type of photograph - watches reflected in water

I shoot a lot of product photographs and can assure you that producing such an image with intermediate photoshop skills is not particularly difficult. About the only thing that may have been actually ...
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How can I increase the sharpness for shots like this water droplet image?

It looks like the magnification of the falling water is quite high. This means that the water moves very fast relative to the frame. My guess is that it took only around 1/20 of a second for a droplet ...
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Can this water damage to my Canon T6 be repaired?

This is almost certainly not fixable without professional skills. Unfortunately, the cost of the repair is also going to be higher than the value of the camera (the T6 aka 1300D was Canon's entry ...
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How can I take advantage of the transparency of water in a landscape photo?

as @remco mentioned, a circular polariser is what you need - it can help you to either emphasise the reflective qualities of water or make it more see-through. below is an image I took with a ...
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How can I increase the sharpness for shots like this water droplet image?

You should be able to use a higher f-stop (and higher ISO to balance out the darkness, if it isn't a problem). Switch to live view when shooting, zoom in, then switch to manual focus and adjust the ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

The iPhone cameras (at least of today) are hardware-limited to 1/4s shutter speeds. Most apps with full-manual control will only go this far, and any longer shutter features they offer are ...
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Water behind ships much bluer than rest of ocean

As Scotbb answered, it is casued by aeration of the water. Air is usually colourless and thus mixed with any coloured substance it makes the tone lighter, with respect to the ratio. Propeller mixes ...
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Can this water damage to my Canon T6 be repaired?

Did you remove the battery immediately after the camera got wet and while drying out the camera? If not, electrolysis will happen between conductors and dissolve wiring which will cause the camera to ...
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Camera on boat worth the risk?

I have carried my FZ100 in my closed deck kayak a number of times. I keep it in a dry bag between my legs in the cockpit. If the water gets a bit rough I close the dry bag, but generally it is open. ...
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