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Water is one of the most dynamic landscape subjects to photograph. It can be:

  • liquid

  • solid

  • clear

  • murky

  • limpid

  • soft, or

  • stormy.

Its energy can appear as falling water, crashing waves, swirls, rapids and gentle rapids, as well as calm, quiet water that reflects the energy and light of other objects, as well as the sky.

Since water tends to be fluid and continually moving, the way you portray it depends on your shutter speed. The aperture still plays a part for depth of field but the length of the exposure is what determines how the water's motion is portrayed. By working with different exposures it is possible to capture the detail of every drop in a waterfall or crashing wave, or have it appear so soft and silky that it looks like fog or candy floss.

Overcast days are great for working along streams, cascades and waterfalls in forests, since the less intense, diffuse light softens contrasts between shadows and highlights, and allows for longer exposure times.

Should you need or want to capture stunning images that evoke the feelin of the power of water, then please contact me regarding my slow shutter speed day-long workshop.

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