12/03/2015 ... JUST ADDED EVEN MORE UP FRONT!
I have taken most of these so far with my Nikon D800 which has 36.6 million pixels quality. All the landscape & Waterfall photos taken off a large stable Manfrotto tripod and triggered with a remote Wireless Vello FreeWave Fusion flash and shutter trigger. Usually with Mirror up, Matrix Metering Mode for almost all of my Auto Focus shots & I use the manual focus over-ride a lot ( which you have to do in low light situations) Shutter Priority (S) Mode, Manual Mode (M), and the Auto Program (p) Mode works very well too! When on the tripod I always shoot with the Vibration Reduction Off and Active Motion Off with all straps, lens covers, etc. removed that might vibrate in the wind and cause Shutter Flutter. All my lenses are Nikor (Nikon) from f1:4 to f25 and from 20mm - 300mm
You can learn this best by joining your local photo club and by taking classes at your local "Professional Camera Shop" As per Frank Tona and Harvey, etc. at Crown Camera - Which has been in our town for 56 years ... We as photographers also need to support our local dealers, to keep all these things available to us. I also bought my D800 there.
The Waterfalls smoothing effects I shot at (S) Manual Priority with an open shutter of up to 15 seconds at dusk or for shorter times thru a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter plus Polarizing filter if too sunny and bright. The Neutral Density filters allow us to limit the light coming into the camera to regulate our time exposures and F stop setting to control depth of field and focus effects. You MUST use your LIVE VIEW when you shoot with your Nuetral Density Filter to be able to see properly. I am including a lot of this info because getting the best camera & lens equipment, learning to use it and make and arrange to print your own photos is what it is really all about! The 2 best Nikon Books I would read are Darrell Young's "Mastering the Nikon D800" first = How this D800 massive computer works and how to set it up ... he also gives the corresponding pages in the Nikon Owners Manual. The 2nd book is David Busch's D800/D800E = How to + Photography lessons.
I was a big time Canon & Sony man in the past 50 years ... Gave it all away, lenses and all, to young budding photographers.
All these internet photos are very weak JPG low quality photos ... The RAW/TIF/NEFF Master files are what my photos are printed off of.
For processing RAW and TIF files I REALLY LIKE Nikon's Capture NX2.
To process jpeg's for the internet Photoshop Elements 11 is fast and easy. ....As is Elements 2 just for the simple resizing of many internet jpeg images.
TO MAKE PHOTOS ON ANY OF MY SITES LARGER JUST HOLD DOWN YOUR Ctrl button lower left and the + button upper right ... and to make smaller again Ctrl and the - button.
Below Are Recent Photos 11/2015 Civil War Re-Enactment Hawes Ranch Anderson CA. The Photos of the Confederates I took from over 1/4 Mile Away, No Tripod, Rested on a Bale of Straw. D800 with Telephoto lense and These were cropped out of the middle.
This photo the Beckster took with her cell phone, it was only 2mb and through Nikon's Capture NX2 4.3 I converted it to RAW and TIF files, etc. I pumped it up to 80mb... enough to enlarge this to a wonderful 18x24 print that is now hanging in our office! Who says you need $5,000 worth of camera equipment!